Teachers Rock! Period. Drop the Mic.

By on May 2, 2017

I am always amazed by the work teachers do. They have terrific ideas, they create magical experiences for their students, and they fight for each student to make sure he or she is more successful than ever imagined. I am truly humbled to be a part of this honorable profession. At LiteracyTA, we believe that teachers make the greatest difference in students' lives. Teachers matter!

On a personal note, I am finishing my 15 year as a classroom teacher. And to be honest, I am looking forward to the next 10 or 15 years. I love what I do. Not only do I get to work with educators all over the world, I get to work with students. That's the best part. It has been said before, being a teacher isn't a job--it's a way of life. When someone says, "I am a teacher," that means something to us. Teachers don't clock in and out. Teachers don't get overtime (insert laugh track). Teachers don't get to unplug when they get home. Teachers are always teachers. They are always planning, thinking, developing, and reflecting. They are teachers. They give up their time to make one life better. Teaching isn't a job. It is a commitment to children and their futures.

How many years have you taught? Some of you might be thinking, "Too many." And others are just getting started and perhaps finishing year one. Although every year is different (new students, new subjects, new standards, and new expectations), one thing remains the same: teachers bring an unselfish passion to their classrooms each and every year.

It's April, which means we are already looking ahead to next year. At this point in the year, we start reflecting on what happened and say things like "I won't teach that next year"  or "Next year I will spend more time teaching (fill in the blank)." Teachers are always improving. We want what is best for kids and work tirelessly to ensure they get the best.

For everything you do and will do for students, I say thank-you! Teachers rock! As you close out another year, remember that every ounce of energy and love you put into this profession improves the lives of your students. As teachers we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the world. And that's pretty cool if you ask me.

Sincerely,

Jonathan LeMaster
Chief Academic Officer
Co-founder
LiteracyTA, Inc. 

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