Over the next week or so, the teachers of our state will be giving the CRCT, EOC and other alphabet soup sounding tests that cause them, and our children, to lose sleep and make their hearts beat faster. I know these things are important-I’m not here to debate testing vs. not testing as I am not in that profession-I just know this is a stressful time of year of everyone in the educational world.
What I will say that I have two children who are products of the public education system. Both are honor students. One is at UGA on a full academic scholarship, the other in a demanding International Baccalaureate program in his high school. They have been lucky/blessed to have teachers who love what they do and thus, have been able to share that love with them (even if the boys weren’t as enthralled with algebra as the teachers themselves!). My father says “Do what you love and love what you do.” These people live by that and it shapes young lives. I believe most teachers feel this way-it’s a calling to them, not a job.
I create memories for a living. Teachers create futures.
To all my many clients in the teaching field, I am raising my hand (taught to me by a teacher) and, when called upon, will express loudly my forever thanks for all you have done for my children and all the others. You will be a part of your student’s lives forever.
To a bright future–April