Why you should thank a teacher
In case you have yet to notice, a quick trip through any grocery or department store will quickly remind you: It’s back to school season. The barrage of backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, and pencils that haunt school children every August serve as a nostalgic reminder for the rest of us.
Although some memories of school days are undoubtedly better than others, most of us can answer the question “Who was your favorite teacher?” with little hesitation. That’s not a coincidence. Teachers are more than their job title. They are more than disciplinarians. They are even more than a vehicle for learning. Teachers are sculptors of society. They help form our communities’ values, cognizance, and future.
Teachers have an impact on our lives. I went to a school where my graduating class was small – 55 kids. We all basically grew up together from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Many of us went off to college. Some entered the military, and a few started their own businesses or went right to work . None of us would be where we are today without the teachers who taught us and mentored us all those years ago. I particularly remember those teachers who encouraged excellence and further prompted my interests to study politics, international relations, history and business. But, more important, those who took a keen focus in developing skills and making things like calculus and physics real.
We at Holiday are proud and appreciative of the hundreds of retired teachers throughout the country who choose to call us home. Although our resident teachers taught different subjects, in different cities, throughout different decades, all of them have made a substantial impact on the lives of children, and for that we cannot thank them enough.
So, this back to school season, we want to say thank you to teachers, past and present, for their dedication to improving the lives of young people. Thank you. We appreciate you!
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