Dear Georgia Educators,
We at Georgia Public Broadcasting would like to issue a special thanks to all of you across the state of Georgia. The tasks you assume when it comes to educating the future leaders of our nation and beyond are not easy, but you wake up every morning determined to make sure they are equipped with everything they need to be successful once they leave the doors of your schools. Here are just some of the reasons we are grateful for your service in the school system.
Thank you for your DEDICATION! The dedication you give to the students in your classroom is unparalleled. You find ways to deliver content in different and meaningful ways that will hopefully connect with a diverse group of students with unique learning styles. When that doesn’t work, you reinvent your lessons and offer before and after school tutoring. The reward? The ability to see the light bulb finally come on in your students’ heads!
Thank you for your TIME! In addition to teaching your students, you spend countless hours outside the classroom grading papers, writing lesson plans, and keeping records. The list goes on and on! Many of you even coach athletic teams, sponsor afterschool clubs, and coordinate important events such as homecoming and prom. After all of this, you run home to your own families to help your children with their homework, cook dinner, and put them to bed. You maximize the 24 hours you have in one day and we are very appreciative.
Thank you for being an INSPIRATION! You inspire students to try harder, perform better, and dream bigger. Things students never imagined they could do, they realize they can accomplish with the assistance of great educators. The positive impact you make on their lives is one that can follow them forever. In a nutshell, “Great teachers don’t just teach, they change their students for the better.”
Thank you for offering COMPASSION! You all are not just teachers but counselors. Today, students arrive at school with more than just academics on their mind. Some of them endure problems at home, others wrestle with self-esteem issues, and even more are bullied by peers. Many seek guidance from teachers and counselors they deem trustworthy. When they confide in you, you offer support and help them find positive ways to deal with the stresses of life.
Thank you for being MOTIVATED! In addition to working hard at motivating your students, you are also motivated to perfect your craft. You seek out information on new teaching methods, technological advancements in education, and ways to reinvent your classroom. No matter how daunting the task, you are up for the challenge and work hard at succeeding at its implementation. Lifelong learning always begins with you and through your hard work and intrinsic motivation, you pass that along to your students.
If we haven’t said it enough in this letter, we would like to say it again. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done in the past, do in the present, and will do in the future for the children that enter your classrooms everyday. To echo the words of our First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal, “A great teacher’s influence can linger in our memories and our lives for decades.” Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your well-deserved break!
The Education Team at Georgia Public Broadcasting!