Teacher Appreciation Week 2014: My Purpose and My Challenge

by Jim Lang

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. As I think of those words – “teacher” and “appreciation” – I realize how blessed I have been throughout my life to have been guided by so many exceptional educators. In so many ways, I am the teacher and person I am today because of the special teachers who shaped my life.

So, I would like to do something different here this week – honor the teachers who have made such a difference in my life. I want them to know how profoundly they have influenced me.

And, I want you to know their names.

Each day this week beginning tomorrow, I’ll write about these special teachers and their unique influence on me. It’s just a small way for me to honor their excellence.

And here’s where my challenge comes in. If you are reading this, find a way to honor a special teacher this week. Write a thank-you note to a former teacher. Send an e-mail or make a quick call to your child’s teacher. If you are an educator yourself, compliment a colleague or contact a mentor teacher to say, “Thanks.”

Be creative. Reach out. Do something to show your appreciation for a teacher in your life.

And please join me here this week as I thank the teachers who have influenced mine.

Monday: Elementary School and the Power of a Smile

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