They cheer for their students, share in their joy, provide a spark and create something special day everyday.
They show a unique dedication that never goes away. They lend ear, solve issues and inspire young minds.
They are up at dawn, sometimes working late into the night, all in an effort to make a difference for those learning in the classroom.
National Teacher Appreciation Day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. In 2018, National Teacher Day was observed on May 8.
Being a teacher isn’t easy and South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz wants to make sure they are recognized, knowing that Teacher Appreciation Day should be more than once a year.
“As another school year draws to a close on this day in which we express our appreciation for teachers, it’s time to reflect and also look to the future,” he wrote in a note to instructors in the local school district. “I’m sure your school year has been challenging yet uplifting as your students proceed along their educational paths.”
He paused in his busy day to take the time to thank SPUSD teachers for all that they do for students throughout the school year. “I appreciate the hard work and long hours you put into your jobs to ensure that you connect with and inspire your students,” he said. “I know that you spend countless hours working with students while simultaneously working on developing your professional expertise. Whether your focus is project-based learning, technology, or new curricula you somehow also find time to concentrate on the social and emotional well-being of students.”
The results of teacher efforts speak loud and clear, noting that students throughout the district are winning awards, being accepted to outstanding colleges, giving strong classroom performances and improving themselves in various ways.
Yantz stressed that SPUSD students are taking on the challenges they will face in their next phases of the educational system and life.
“Most impressive to me is that our students are continuously evolving – requiring you to evolve and approach teaching in new, creative ways,” he said. ”Your passion for education is evident in the work you do every day.
Yantz is grateful to teachers for all that they do.
“I thank you for challenging yourselves and our students and for being an inspiration in their lives,” he said. “You help shape the character and caliber of the future individual and I am grateful for all of your efforts.”