Because of a Teacher (A Tribute to All of Those Making a Difference)
Right now there is a kindergarten teacher perusing the aisles of Target. Even though he still has two more weeks of summer break he is already dreaming up ways to make his students feel welcome. His classroom will be a refuge. For a few kids, it may be the only place where they feel truly safe Because of a teacher. There’s a language arts teacher who will take a week and give up her lunch period (those blessed 26 minutes to scarf down a meal) in order to help us didn’t learn how to read And although the progress is slow, this boy will become a reader. Because of a teacher. There’s a math teacher who will have a room full of kids who claim that they’re just not good at math. By the end of the year his kids will be geeking out over ways to solve complex problems. They’ll see that math can be creative and even fun and they will become problem solvers. Because of a teacher. There’s a science teacher who will inspire her students to chase after questions and one afternoon They’ll be so excited about their experiments that they won’t even notice the bell ring. And they will become scientists. Because of a teacher. There are history teachers who will inspire students to record history and a group of P.E. teachers who will encourage kids to get more active. There are technology teachers who will help students send their work to the world and fine arts teachers who will get kids to find their creative voice. There are foreign language teachers who will help kids communicate globally and there are CTV teachers preparing students for all kinds of jobs. And there’s this teacher-librarian who will see the students as children instead of data. He’s creating a makerspace while also inspiring kids to fall in love with reading and they will become lifelong learners Because of a teacher. Right now there’s a fourth grade teacher with a scribbled up yellow legal pad. She’s dreaming up wild new projects and even though she jokes about not wanting to go back to school, she is secretly excited about meeting her new group of students This is her 27th year, and she’s still taking creative risks to her. It’s no big deal It’s what she does, but it’s a big deal to her students. To them she is a hero and this year she will make her students’ world epic. Like she always does. They will remember her forever and she will change the world in ways that she cannot even fathom. All of this will happen . . . Because of a teacher.