Thank You To Our Teachers

Thank You To Our Teachers

So many Heroes have emerged during this pandemic. Doctors, nurses, essential workers, mail carriers, those who work in our markets and so many more. Well-deserved appreciation has been given to them. Let’s not forget the extraordinary role our teachers are playing! I am proud to say we have three devoted teachers in our family. After having a discussion with my brother Todd who is a brilliant high school history teacher and loves his students with all of his heart and soul, I learned how overwhelmed, over worked, over stressed and under-appreciated our teachers are feeling! They have had to exchange their classrooms, which for many students is their “safe place”, for computer screens and on-line lessons. The seriousness of this virus leaves no choice. Until there is a safe way forward, one that will protect the health and well-being of all who teach and are taught this is the harsh reality. Our teachers are being asked to not only create a new, compelling way to inspire their students to learn remotely but to administer emotional assistance to parents who are overwhelmed with job insecurity, food insecurity and housing uncertainties and who are now being asked to become home schoolers as well. For many students their teacher is the one person they can count on for consistent care, compassion and encouragement. Emotional support is not restricted to classroom hours. When a student calls, texts, emails or reaches out to a teacher, a teacher answers! No matter what time of the day or night it is! Great teachers do it all. Across all ages, languages, ethnicities, and subjects. Teachers are some of the most widely skilled people around. A day in the life of a teacher can vary greatly depending on the subject and grade level in which they teach. From Kindergarten to high school and special education, one theme runs consistently throughout every great teacher’s career: their job does not end with the school day. Although the classroom is a huge part of a teacher’s responsibilities, they extend far beyond that into the lives of their students, their students’ families and their community. Teachers never ask for praise or the spotlight. They reserve that for their students, but if you are lucky enough to have great teachers in your life, let them know!!! Let them know how they make this world a better place. Tell them “THANK YOU”…

Together We Stand

Together We Stand

Before this month comes to an end, I want to celebrate that June has been Pride Month!!! Of course, having Pride in who you are and in who you love is not something that is only to be celebrated one month out of the year…everyday, is a cause for celebration!

I feel incredibly blessed to have beautiful souls in my life from all walks of life who teach me every day what love, courage, kindness and truth is. You make my life a better place and I love you. Together We Stand, Divided We Fall…