I believe that you are changing lives every single day,
May you know this as I do…
That you are shaping minds,
That it is within your classrooms that small people often decide:
And it is YOUR, ‘yes, you can‘ that makes all the difference,
That tips the scale.
It is your smile
Your call on the raised hand
And soft criticism
That pushes 1st grade in to 2nd
Pulls 3rd grade in to 4th.
It is your structure
Your unwillingness to accept anything but their best
That forces them from their comfort zone into their momentum zone.
And for this, we, their parents, say THANK YOU.
Thank you for the long hours, for the loud classrooms, for the snow days, the rainy days, the sick days, the Crayola days, the science fair days, and oh yes… the field trips.
Thank you for pushing and pulling, for prodding and guiding, for nurturing and teaching.
I hope, whether you receive one or not… that you know the children in your classrooms share this sentiment…. their favorite thing about this year – even if they don’t say it, is very likely, YOU.