I remember my first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday. I remember my dad kneeling in front of me, telling me listen to my teacher and he would pick me up after school. I remember Mrs. Riggs from 1st Grade who taught me how to read and not crack my knuckles or else a wedding ring wouldn’t fit on my finger. I recall sitting in reading circles, my first book report, and falling in love with history and English. It was Mr. Biddle in high school who not only taught me my favorite word, but also gave me Nathaniel West while Ms. Knott gave me the gift of writing in in her after school Creative Writing club.
My teachers were my guide for learning, my mentors, and my biggest supporters growing up. Without them I would not have developed my thirst for knowledge. Teachers have one of THE most important jobs in the world and are the most underrated professionals. Today I want to say thank you to all of them for giving me the gift of learning and helping me become the person I am today.
We need to take time today to appreciate what these educators do for our kids and to provide the support they need. Education is key to remedying a lot of our issues in society today. Let’s empower them with the tools they need to improve education personnel policy, recruitment, and initial training as well as their continuing education, their employment, and working conditions. Don’t just give the Apple but provide the tree.