"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts, since the medium is the human mind and spirit." - John Steinbeck
Dedicated to my "Family of Friends" ... Past, Present & Future.
Teachers never cease to amaze me. They give 110%. They go above and
beyond and put in hours beyond measure. They do it because they love
the children and because they love what they do. They share knowledge.
They share all their passions. They help to formulate the future.
Touching the heart of every child they encounter along the way. Helping
to bring forth the adults that make our world go round. Most everyone
has been blessed enough to have been touched by at least one special
teacher. One that made a difference to them. Made a difference when you
were a child, adolescent or young adult. It might have been your own
teacher, or perhaps it is teacher that taught your child.
Across the board, across the states... changes are happening in our
schools. Public, private and otherwise are seeing change. Changes that
teachers can't stop. Cuts and layoff that are about numbers and not
people and places. Most will survive. Most will continue to do more
with less. To keep going and to keep the faith because that's what they
That's what they do. They make a difference. They make a difference because they teach and
love our children. When they hug them when they are hurt and when they
raise the bar higher to make them better then they thought they could become. When they shed tears in the disappointments and
cheer at the accomplishments of our children, they make a difference. And, I know they all
aren't worth their weight in gold. However, many are worth ten times
their weight in platinum! They make a difference and you can too! I
urge you, before school is out this year, "Thank a Teacher"... for
something... for anything. Nothing is too big or too small. Remind them
that what they do matters. Remind them that they are the greatest
artists of all, leaving a legacy of masterpieces with worth beyond
measure. They are the artists that really matter because they see the beauty and potential in every child and draw it out for all the world to see.
Blessings to all those who teach. My endless prayers to all those
who teach and are facing the challenges of change. May you feel the
Lord walk with you and guide you. When we go through difficulty and
wonder where God is in all of it... we must remember that the "teacher"
is quietest during the test.
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, what kind of clothes I wore, or the kind of car I drove. But the world
may be different, better place, because I was important in the life of a child."
Forest E. Witcraft