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Teacher Appreciation Week: A Shout-Out To Our Fabulous Teachers

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Lulu sang it best, “How can you thank someone that’s taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn’t easy but I’ll try.”

Do you remember your first grade teacher? Or do you have a favorite teacher from middle school or high school that you fondly remember? Odds are most of us do. I certainly do. My kids have been lucky enough to have very good teachers so far, with one or two that were terrible, and five or six who were an absolute  godsend. Teaching, especially today’s children is not a job, it’s a vocation. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week so it’s time to honor those who take our little ones day in and day out, transform their minds and help them grow and learn each day.

When I was six-years-old, I wrote a “book”. It was about a boy and his dog. I recall writing and drawing the pictures for each page, going back and painstakingly correcting and improving them. Erasing, rewriting, crossing out words, rewriting some more. It took me a long time and it was the first taste I had of the perils of editing your own work. The actual plot I don’t even remember. What I do remember though is when Ms. Fahey, my first-grade teacher made a big fuss over it. She had me read it to my class, and then to the first grade next door. The kids clapped. She praised me. I felt special. It was the first time I felt the pure joy that comes from writing, and I vowed to be a writer. Lo and behold…..I’m still writing thirty years later.

In high school, I had a Chemistry teacher that I absolutely adored. Mr. Bianchi was a loving grandfather type. For a shy girl being raised by a single mother and who needed a self-esteem boost, Mr. Bianchi believed in me, which taught me to believe in myself. I grew to love Chemistry and later Physics, not because of the class content, but because Mr. Bianchi was a fabulous teacher.  His wife. Mrs. Bianchi was my Latin teacher and she also took me under her wing. Together, they were the most adorable and loving couple. I even profiled them for my high school newspaper. They are the grandparents I never had.

Throughout my life, I was very fortunate to have teachers who were not only mentors but who grew into friends throughout high school and college. Today, I am amazed at my children’s teachers. When my son’s teacher filled us in on the planned curriculum back in September, I thought it seemed a little high for what their age level could handle. Now it’s May and not only have the kids performed, they’ve exceeded the lessons. It takes an exceptional, patient, and gifted person to mold young minds and enable them to have fun while learning.

The sad truth is that often we overlook the power of a good teacher. If our kids have one, we’re happy but don’t really appreciate all that they do; the many longs nights spent planning interesting lessons, the lack of supplies they have (and the way they often purchase their own materials), and the patience they show our children everyday, despite what is going on in their personal lives. For kids who don’t have support at home, sometimes a teacher is all they have.

So in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to extend a hearty thank you to all the teachers who are doing a fabulous job with our children and who treat them with the decency and respect they deserve. A good teacher can change a child’s life.

Who was your favorite teacher? How did they help you? Tell us your story in the comments below.

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Teacher Appreciation Week: A Shout-Out To Our Fabulous Teachers

  1. Steve Wood says:

    Thanks for your excellent posting, Diane. In these days of teacher bashing and phony education “reform,” it’s refreshing to hear words of praise for dedicated teachers.

    Steve Wood
    Educators’ News
    Education commentary…from a Mac-toting, bleeding-heart liberal, Christian educator’s point of view
    http://www.mathdittos2.com/ednews/

  2. Anjilla says:

    In response to your blog post, I wanted to share with you a moving video that was created to thank teachers for inspiring greatness in all of us. Please take the time to check it out at http://www.mudpiesandbutterflies.com/thankateacher and pass it along to the important teachers in your life!

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

  3. Perfecting Dad says:

    I also have a video of a great slam poet (passionate spoken word) Taylor Mali: Slammin’ on What Teachers Make talking about how teachers make our kids what they are, and why that might be better than a highly paid lawyer :) My wife is a high school mathematics and science teacher. The kids love her and they’re lucky to have her. Here’s to teachers!

  4. Maggie says:

    Thanks for this post. Here’s a long-belated shout-out to some of my favorite teachers:

    Mrs LeRoy, who taught First Grade at the Woodside School in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1952-3

    Mrs Dahl, who taught Fourth Grade at the Bugbee School in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1955-6

    Mr Katz, who taught 7th-Grade Social Studies at the King Philip School in West Hartford in 1960-1

    Mr Marseglia, who taught Chemistry to Juniors and Seniors at Conard High School in West Hartford in 1963-4

    Mr Peters, who taught Inorganic Chemistry to Freshmen at West Valley College in Saratoga, California, in 1969-70

    Thanks for the chance to say thanks, in public.

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