We often read about teachers who assault students verbally, physically, and sexually. However, we seldom read about the teacher who goes the extra mile for their students.
I am well acquainted with at least twenty teachers who made teaching their career choice. I can’t imagine any one of them doing the horrendous deeds to their students we read about in our local newspaper or listen to the allegations on the 10 o’clock news.
Therefore, as teachers will soon be returning to their schools to set up their classrooms, brush up on curriculum, and prepare for the first day of school, let’s applaud every single teacher out there who believes in and practices the following quote I found on the AZ Quotes website:
“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” — Barbara Coloroso
For example, what can we say about the math teacher who “opened his heart and home to a student – he has also given the youngster a chance to receive a new kidney.” Imagine that this 8-year-old boy receives 12-hour dialysis treatments, has been bounced from foster family to foster family, must eat an expensive special diet, and is removed from the transplant list because he doesn’t have a stable home environment. Finn Lanning, an Aurora, Colorado middle school teacher chose not to look the other way. He believed that “Damien deserves, at the very least, to have a place he can call home.”
Then there’s “42-year-old Belinda George [who] is principal of Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, Texas … [and] the star of “Tucked-In Tuesdays ….” She decided to hop into her pajamas every Tuesday evening and send out a Facebook Live video from which she reads students a bedtime story. Apparently, “94% of her students come from disadvantaged homes, and they have had trouble keeping up their literacy scores ….” Can you imagine how tired Belinda George must be at the end of her day? Still, she summons the energy to read bedtime stories to her students as a means of connecting with them.
Bravo! Teachers we love you!