Teachers Rock!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Ian’s school.  We are celebrating the teachers and all of their hard work.  To his wonderful teachers, you rock!

Teachers are some of the most important people in a young child’s life.  We have been so blessed to have three amazing ladies as Ian’s primary teachers – Mrs. Trish in Preschool, Mrs. Kim in Kindergarten, and Mrs. Bonnie in 1st grade. He has learned so much from each of them.  And, has liked all of them.

In addition to his main teacher this year, he has teachers for math club, library, art, music, gym, and computer.  All of these teachers are also wonderful and so talented in their own areas of expertise. Thanks to all of them for enriching Ian’s life and helping him grow up. You all have been amazing!

We are so very thankful to them for all that they have done for them. We are blessed to be at a great school with adults who are committed to doing the best for the students and the families.  Yeah!  (This photo is of Ian doing some of his first grade homework.)

Teachers have been in my family for generations.  My great-grandmother and grandmother were amazing teachers for many years. My grandpa worked in administration and helped with amazing things for his district.  My mother, her brother, one of her sisters, another uncle, my father, my father-in-law, my sister, one of my sisters-in-law, and some cousins were/still are teachers.  All of them are amazing and have done a variety of teaching.  I also have several very close and dear friends who are teachers.

Teaching is a special calling and for someone who is willing to work very hard.  I have seen first hand what it takes to be a great teacher.  I am thankful for those willing to give up free time and part of the weekends and evenings for grading papers and preparing lesson plans.

A few quotes on teachers/teaching:

  • The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  ~ K. Patricia Cross
  • A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~ Henry Adams
  • The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  ~ Author Unknown
  • I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.  ~ Alexander the Great
  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  ~ Dan Rather
  • What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.  ~ Karl Menninger
  • If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.  ~ Donald D. Quinn
  • 2  Teach is
    2  Touch lives
    4  Ever
    ~ Author Unknown
  • A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.  ~ Author Unknown
  • What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.  ~ Author Unknown
  • A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.  ~ Author Unknown
  • Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.  ~ Author Unknown

Thanks to all of the teachers in my life and in Ian’s life.  We so appreciate all that you do.  Remember, you rock!

Amazing Heroes

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHave you ever noticed that a person who is a true hero often feels like he or she isn’t?  The hero is often humble, want no recognition, and says “I’m just doing my job.”

I have seen some stories recently in the news about heroes who have stunned and awed me.  These heroes brought me to tears for what they have done for someone else.

The human spirit is amazing and one of love and compassion.  And, the fact that a true hero often wants no recognition is always surprising to me.

Many in our world today want their 15 minutes of fame and will do many crazy and awful things to get it.  But those real heroes (or sheroes as Maya Angelou once wrote) simply have done something brave or were compelled to help someone else.  I hope that we will have these hearts of love and compassion instead of hate and violence.

Webster’s online dictionary defines a hero as: “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.”

To me a hero is the following:

  • A fireman or woman who rushes into a burning building to save those trapped inside
  • A paramedic performing CPR in the ambulance on the trip to the hospital
  • A soldier, pilot, seaman and many others who have been called up to fight in a war
  • A soldier badly injured in battle who comes back home
  • The families of soldiers who have been called to active duty
  • A nurse who helps save an accident victim
  • A NICU nurse who stays up all night with preemies
  • Parents protecting their child from harm at their own peril
  • A police officer tasked with keeping a city’s residents safe
  • A teacher helping a hungry child focus on learning to read
  • A teacher who is excited for students to learn
  • Home health nurses who visit and care for the sick and elderly
  • Hospice nurses and doctors who provide comfort to a dying person
  • Doctors who help us when we are sick
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who work in countries with little to no medical care
  • A  Cub Scout leader helping boys to learn and grow
  • A youth pastor praying with a troubled young person
  • A cancer patient in the battle of his or her life
  • The family of that patient who is there for every step
  • A pastor counseling a church member
  • Hospital staff members working on holidays when everyone else is having fun
  • The line workers who restore our lights and heat during heavy storms
  • Workers who keep the roads safe for us when weather is bad
  • The bus drivers who safely help children arrive home from school
  • Friends and family who are with us as we grieve

Sadly most of these heroes don’t earn a lot of money.  Yet, they are so important to us and there when we need them.  I am so very thankful for all of these people and all that they do.

What is a hero to you?  I would love to hear your ideas.