Last updated on July 31, 2019 at 10:08 am
May 6-10, 2019 is National Teacher Appreciation Week! While it’s great to take this week-long opportunity to spotlight the fantastic jobs done by educators, I’m fairly certain those teachers who had to deal with me deserve a large bonus, a personal island and other assorted goodies!
As wisdom goes, I didn’t realize how valuable my teachers were throughout the years. It’s only when I look back that I realize how much of an impact they had on me. Here are a few of the many lessons that I learned…
Lesson 1: Reach beyond your comfort zone. My elementary school English teacher, Mrs. White, encouraged me to read books outside of the designated reading lists. Sometimes those books were so hard to read and understand! But my reading skills really improved and now I look forward to new challenges.
Lesson 2: It’s okay to march to the beat of your own drummer. I’ll never forget my high school history teacher, Mr. Raffay, who stopped class because I didn’t put on my invisible thinking cap. Yes, he actually waited for me to pretend to put on a hat and tie it on tight. I thought it was the silliest thing! But now I realize that during my most critical moments in life I still tell myself to put on my thinking cap.
Lesson 3: Nobody can achieve greatness for you. My graduate school advisor, Dr. Lehr, was an aerobics instructor, advised graduate students, was the director of a department, taught classes, and acted as a consultant for a variety of companies. As a graduate student working and going to school I was lost as to how I was supposed to manage everything (and somehow find time for sleep). But through her I learned that if there’s something you really want, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. It completely opened my eyes.
I could go on with the many lessons I’ve learned from my teachers, but we’ve all got more important things to do. It is Teacher Appreciation Week ya know! Get out there and thank those educators who made a difference in your life. It may not be as lavish as a personal island, but it’s important to give credit where credit is due (that’s Lesson 4). So I would like to give a big thank you to all the teachers out there for all you do! You are truly appreciated! If you know or love a teacher let them know that Teachers’ Plan of NJ is giving away $500 worth of Becker’s School Supplies this week!