Garden of Gratitiude

April 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM Leave a comment

By: Jennifer Perez

Once a year, teachers everywhere are recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week. As a teacher, it always fills my heart to hear those simple two words… “‘Thank You.”

Those of you who know me know that I have a few passions:

1. Children~ my own two AND the kiddos I come in contact with each year in my classroom.

2. Reading/Learning~ I can NEVER know enough!

3. Writing ~There is just something about writing that seems to put me in my happy place.

Being an educator is an absolute honor! I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the gifts that I was given and mix them with my passions. It takes true dedication and heart to be an educator though. These are some tough times that we live in and for me to paint a “rosy” picture of the profession wouldn’t be 100% accurate. There are those rare moments when I wonder, “Is this for me?” ” Is this what God has called me to do?”

“What could possibly happen “at school” to make an educator think such a thing? ”

Well, I’m glad you asked….

Not a day goes by when I am not thinking about my students. How is their life at home? Do they go home with a mom and dad? Mom? Or just Dad?

What kind of lessons are they receiving at home? Are they learning about God, culture and ettiquette? OR are they learning how to simply “survive?”

The reality of the matter is this…Yes, I am a teacher and I only have control over lessons/situations when my kiddos are with me. Not only am I teaching History, Language Arts, Reading and Writing, but I’m teaching my kiddos how to love one another, how to use their manners, that it’s alright to have an “off” day. I teach my students how to follow their hearts and to work hard each and every day.

Yes, as a teacher, I have taught my students a plethora of lessons-both educational and non. However, what my students have taught me over the years is far greater in importance than I will ever be able to express with words. And you want to recognize and Thank me? No way!

I want to THANK YOU student(s) for coming to school and trusting me with your minds, ambitions, fears, strengths and weaknesses. I promise to always give you all that I have and to always have your best interest in mind. I promise to be your #1 fan and to pick you up when you fall. Afterall, this is what I was born to do!

Happy Teaching to all you educators out there!


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