Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 3, 2011
Dear SPFT Community:

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to all of our educators!

I celebrate this Teacher Appreciation Day with more reverence than ever.

As a student I had teachers who cared for me so greatly I can’t even begin to tell you what I actually learned from them, teachers I learned so much from I never noticed if they cared about me or not and I loved both experiences.

As I have shared before, I grew up in a family of teachers. I saw, firsthand, the work that went into getting ready to teach a new class in the fall. I knew the stress difficult negotiations put on a house. I knew the sleep lost over limited resources, student behavior, or colleagues.

As a teacher, I have experienced, firsthand, the lightening quick speed of a class period humming along on a well-tuned lesson and the abject pain of a clock ticking on a lesson that I can’t for the life of me figure out how it bombed.

I have had the privilege of spending time learning from some of this city’s best educators and I’ve spent time in deep distress with a teacher accused of failing to teach.

Now as a parent I’ve had 8 years of teachers in St. Paul Public Schools taking responsibility to teach my children. I’ve experienced, firsthand, the anticipation of parent/teacher conferences, the panic of bedtime due-date revelations, and the slope of the learning curve that is supporting your child through Everyday Math.

I celebrate your work on this Teacher Appreciation Day because I want everyone to recognize the teaching profession’s complexities as I have as a student, family member, practitioner, and parent.

I want students to understand and appreciate why, when you could have done anything, you chose to teach and I want those students to learn from you.

I want our families to see and be proud of the work we do.

I want every educator in the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers to know the thrill of that well-honed lesson and have the thorough support of our colleagues when we need help diagnosing what afflicted the other one.

I want a teaching and learning system designed for continuous growth and improvement for our teachers so we all get to learn from and become some of the best teachers in this city.

I want every parent in St. Paul to choose St. Paul Public Schools, to choose to have you educating their children because I know they would appreciate you like I do.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Please take care of yourself and take care of each other.

Together, mary cathryn


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Mary Cathrin, a president of the st. Paul Federalion of Teachers ans she is represntating the teachers and educational asistants of St.Paul Public School since 2005. She serves to offer notes and intersts to the members and friends of SPFT about unions and great schools and public sschools

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