Editor’s note: Higley Unified School District recently honored its 2014 Teachers of the Year during an evening to celebrate all teachers. Governing board president Venessa Whitener shared these words, written below. May 5-10 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.
I want to personally thank you …
Thank you for being a teacher, a Higley teacher and part of the Higley family, but also part of thousands of families in our community. You have personally, positively impacted my family.
Thank you for being in the classroom, ready, prepared, and willing to serve.
Thank you for your dedication and timeless efforts.
Thank you for recognizing each individual student is unique and learns differently.
Thank you for your patience with my children and me, as a parent. Thank you for being patient with all parents and students.
Thank you for your communication, your email updates, phone calls, and updated web pages.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize my child’s needs. Thank you for recognizing their strengths.
Thank you for assessing their academic progress and insuring that they grow and progress - at least one year’s growth.
Thank you for encouraging my children to push a little more, lengthen their reach, give a little more effort.
Thank you for taking the time to teach life’s lessons, using teachable moments!
Thank you for recognizing when our children need a break – a “time out” for some space.
Thank you for helping our kiddos be more level-headed and not fret the small things.
Thank you for recognizing when they have a fever, or cough, boogers, or dreaded lice – and insuring their health is addressed.
Thank you for endless supplies in the classrooms, Accelerated Reader rewards, birthday recognitions, Star Student recognitions, positive reinforcements.
Thank you for volunteering at the carnivals, STEM Nights, Literacy Nights, sporting events, coaching, and dozens of other school events.
Thank you for not going to the restroom when you want to or getting enough time eat and allowing my kiddos to actually eat lunch with you.
Thank you for stretching yourself professionally, taking every stride in curriculum and evaluation changes, administration changes and, of course, budget cuts.
Thank you for not laughing or mocking our students when they say the darnedest things or get themselves dressed that morning.
Thank you for reinforcing kindness and respect and teaching personal responsibility.
Thank you for allowing my children to be unique personalities and not forcing conformity.
Thank you for solving issues on and off the playground.
Thank you for not judging.
Thank you for cleaning the classroom and helping to keep our schools nice.
Thank you for being a team player, learning and sharing as professionals.
Thank you for letting our kids know they are good enough and to believe in themselves.
Thank you for letting them learn, get messy, do art, teach each other.
Thank you for helping them learn music, get rowdy in P.E. but be safe.
Thank you for tutoring before and after school, retaking a test, re-teaching, re-directing, re-training for continuous improvement.
Thank you for taking them on field trips, laughing at their corny jokes, understanding their misbehaviors and taking time to correct.
Thank you for forgiveness – and you know I could go on but I want to lastly mention your heart. Thank you for your inspiring hearts!