Sunday, September 14, 2014
First Day of School for the 25th Time
We all know the first day of school is special no matter what! But this first day was extra special - for the teacher!
Each year before our students return to school, the teachers and staff from our district gather one morning for a "Welcome Back" meeting. Here, we learn about new initiatives, professional development opportunities as well as what transpired during the summer in the area of research & development.
Besides catching up with fellow educators we haven't seen for a while, my favorite parts of the meeting include recognizing the New staff (who are asked to stand and be welcomed) and celebrating those educators who have been servicing students for 25 years.
This year was a little more exciting than others as this year is MY twenty-fifth year of teaching (as well as about 6 other colleagues!) During the summer I received a letter from the Superintendent of Schools asking if I preferred to be recognized privately or at the meeting. Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about teachers being recognized publicly - I'm ALL OVER IT! (Apparently my colleagues were all over it too, as they decided to receive their recognition at the meeting as well!)
Walking down the auditorium isle as my name was called, tears in my eyes, I felt incredible pride at the thought of serving the community (where I grew up!) for the last 25 years! As I heard the applause and the hooting & hollering (not generally allowed at assemblies in our school) I couldn't help but hope that everyone in that room would one day have the chance to be making that same walk toward the superintendent to receive their 'pin' for 'dedicated service'.
The celebration has continued (probably because I don't want to let one single moment go by without sharing my excitement with others). I carry my pin with me and whip it out to show ANYONE who is interested in seeing the recognition one receives after 25 years! Beyond the pin, I hope people feel the passion, enthusiasm and love I have for being an elementary school teacher after all these years! After all, it's the BEST profession in the world!
I'll leave you with one last thought. Saw this Tweet on Twitter at the start of school. Tina sure has it right....
Here are some resources that pertain to the topic of recognizing teachers publicly...
The Power of Positive Employee Recognition
Awards, Competitions & Grants for Teachers
Teachers are Heroes - Inforgraphic
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