Teacher Friend,You're stressed. I know you are.
I'm a principal, and it's easy for me to say, "Hang in there -- thanks for all you do!" But I want you to know exactly what it is that I'm thankful for.
Last spring was a whirlwind. I'm sorry that so many of you didn't really get to say good bye to your students. You invested into their lives all year, and then the rug was ripped out from underneath you. That hurts.
Thank you you for providing encouragement and support to your colleagues when they're down.
Thank you for being kind to your students... and for realizing that may be the only kindness they experience all day.
Thank you for working to motivate your apathetic students. Sometimes your efforts don't seem to make a difference. But you keep trying... because that's what teachers do.
Thank you for your willingness to learn new ideas from your colleagues. I admire your commitment to being a better teacher tomorrow than you were today.
Thank you for trying to connect with students who don't seem reachable... because you realize you may be their only lifeline.
Thank you for making all those phone calls.
Thank you for being the kind of teacher that you would want your own kids to have.
I know you're tired, and you have a right to be. I'm sorry that we just put another kid in your class... making it even harder to socially distance. I'm sorry we just asked you to fill out another form. In spite of the challenges, you maintain your passion for kids; you hold on to your commitment to making a difference. I never take that for granted.
You're stressed... but you push on.
To me... that makes you awesome... and I appreciate you.