By Joan Endicott

“I’m glad I was your teacher. I’ve come to love you so. I can’t believe the end is here. I hate to see you go. Remember all the fun we had in all the things we did. But most of all remember, you’re a very special kid.” – Origin unknown

      I have enormous respect and appreciation for those who are committed to working with and genuinely caring for kids. Clearly, it can be one of the most challenging jobs in the world – and certainly one of the most rewarding. Rewarding to know they are making a lasting impact in the lives of those who sit in their classroom day in and day out.

   It’s unfortunate that those dedicated individuals in education can be, not only under paid, but also under appreciated for the difference they are making. Although there are always a few in any profession that give it a bad name, the vast majority in education genuinely care for kids and realize the need and value of  investing in these young lives.

  Educators are relied on for much more than the 3 – R’s. They are often seen as role-models, mentors and even heroes to some. Think for a moment about which teachers influenced you the most and the difference they made in your own life.

  Ms. Pat Baker, my Jr. High music teacher had and deep and lasting impact on me.  I will always love and appreciate the footprints she left on my heart at a very impressionable time in my life. She was certainly not my easiest teacher, in fact, she could be quite demanding, especially when she knew what students were capable of.  Not only did we share a love for music and performance, she was one of the few who showed me that she believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.  She held me accountable for what she knew I could do and be, not only in the class room, but in life.  Because she genuinely cared about me, I began to feel a value for myself that I hadn’t felt up to that point, due in part to childhood abuse.

  The saying “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” is certainly appropriate for educators, such as Ms. Baker.  Kids are incredibly intuitive and can quickly tell who really cares about them and who doesn’t.  The impact these caring individuals can have is immeasurable on any and all lives they touch.

  There are countless educators who go above and beyond their job description every day to challenge and encourage their students (our children – our future) to push themselves past the status quo, see beyond challenges and reach for their potential in all areas of life, not simply academically.

    Remember to thank these caring Educators for their daily commitment to do so much more than their job.  Hats off to all you difference makers – we admire and appreciate you!

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