I recently sent this quote to a teacher friend because it encapsulates so well
the joy and frustration of being a teacher.
When I began the position of WLTSS, one of my goals and hopes, was to be able to show gratitude and appreciation to all of you. I thought about surcies, luncheons, flowers and food, buuuut... I don't really have the budget for that (ok, I don't actually have any budget all). If I could give you all raises, I would, or send you on vacations, I would. Why? Because you deserve it!
The only way I have truly been able to thank you so far is through my words. I try, in all of my interactions with teachers, to thank you for all of the hard work you do every day in your classes (and outside of class with planning, grading, thinking about and worrying about your students).
That is one reason I was so excited about starting this blog. This is a way for Dawn and me to
publicly thank you all year long
for everything you do to make our World Languages Program as strong as it is.
And this has been the most exciting week of my job so far, because many of you have been sending me pictures and videos of your students and I am simply blown away by what they can do. And that is all thanks to you! You get up every morning and deal with runny noses, or teenage attitudes, or middle school angst, or difficult parents, or difficulties in your health or personal life, whatever the situation may be, and you SHOW UP! Every day you show up, and you give your best to make a difference.
How do I know this? Because I've seen it! If I have walked into your classroom in the last few months, I promise you, one of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I watched you teaching is this,
"Wow, I'm so glad he/she is a part of our team and is here doing such important work."
So thank you. Truly thank you. I hope this song will brighten your day.
Stay tuned for posts on AP Latin Students, Latin 3 Honors students, World Language Celebrations, Student Voices, Middle School Poster Walks, World Peace Day follow up, and much more!!!!
Thank you LexOne WL Teachers!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)