An Open Letter to Educators

As I reflect on my campus experiences and the countless conversations I’ve had with school leaders and teachers throughout this school year, I can’t help but reflect on the huge impact you’ve had on the lives of children.

Thank you for your profound dedication! 

Your cars fill the campus parking lots well before the morning bell rings and remain there long after the students have left. You are the first to arrive and the last to leave, often carrying bags and carts to continue working from home.

Your commitment to every student on campus is truly remarkable, recognizing their unique needs and levels of engagement. Some students require additional attention and can be challenging to connect with, but you persistently work hard to establish positive relationships. As a result, students feel safe in your presence and have undergone personal growth while acquiring numerous new skills.

Teaching and fostering a love for learning is a collaborative effort. The campus culture and the strong bonds formed among teams, specialists, staff, and campus leadership have laid a solid foundation for positive development for all individuals involved. 

The significance you place on ensuring that parents play a vital role in their child’s education and campus life is commendable. Despite the challenges of managing parent emails, phone calls, and meetings, you consistently maintain open lines of communication, building a bridge between home and school. This connection proves beneficial for everyone involved. 

Thank you for building positive relationships! 

I have witnessed the sparkle in students’ eyes when they engage in unique and stimulating activities. I know it takes considerable effort to plan, create, and prepare for these activities and lessons that create these lightbulb moments. However, the impact of your endeavors is truly worth it!

By employing innovative and unconventional teaching methods, you inspire students to delve deeper into their thinking and explore uncharted territories. I commend you for embracing this challenge and delivering enriching experiences to your students.

Thank you for going above and beyond to inspire and engage your students!

There were inevitably days when things didn’t go according to plan. For instance, the copier jammed before you could gather all the necessary materials, forcing you to find an alternative solution. Another time, a fire alarm interrupted your concluding lesson, resulting in the postponement of a planned activity. I could list so many scenarios that required you to bend, flex, and switch to plan B or C. Despite the challenges, you persevered and continued teaching.

Thank you for your adaptability! 

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work, sacrifices, and dedication you pour into serving the students, the campus, each other, and the community. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and we are deeply grateful for all that you do. The list of things we are thankful for is extensive! Today, and every day, I wholeheartedly applaud you!

Now, it’s time for you to enjoy a well-deserved summer break!

Teia Hoover Baker is an educator, published author, and entrepreneur. She is an innovative, devoted educator whose career has been dedicated to coordinating programs that support struggling learners. Her passion is meeting students where they are and guiding them to excel. Her main focus is always what is best for children. Teia holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys being Lovie to her growing grandchildren.

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