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Thanks for all you do. I appreciate so much your work with our students and your upbeat attitude. Have a great day ... Week .... Year.
You are appreciated.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
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The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
Describes you perfectly!!!
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation [W]eek (2011)..., Dr. Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services within the U.S. Department of Education released the following letter to all special educators:
“The secret of education lies in respecting the student.” –Ralph Emerson
Those of you who are special education teachers already know the above secret. You selected this field out of respect for all individuals and you carry out this belief in your work.
Special educators possess the knowledge, skills, disposition, and values to enable students with exceptional needs to reach their potential. Teachers must teach content, surely. But we all know it’s about so much more than that. Teachers are developing not only the next generation of learners but also our future workforce and citizens. Without caring and committed teachers neither the best curricula, assessments, safe schools, nor the highest standards can ensure our children are prepared for America’s challenges and opportunities.
Still, all teachers are not interchangeable; your talents and skills set you apart. In addition to teaching, you advocate for students with different abilities each day. You collaborate with other teachers to ensure all students’ needs are met. You educate your colleagues about disabilities and provide students with accommodations and help implement the principles of the Universal Design for Learning. You show others that students with exceptional needs are not your students but our students. You alleviate parents’ concerns and help them see a bright future for their child.
As a special educator, your responsibilities are endless. You teach to challenging standards and do this while sometimes receiving very little gratitude. There are days that you leave school feeling exhausted, frustrated and discouraged. There are other moments, though-- when you see the light bulb go off in a child’s head or you share in a student’s triumph--that make your job worthwhile. In those instances, you experience a feeling that no one in the world can understand but a teacher. This energy inspires you to give 110 percent every day.
... Having been a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, I haven’t forgotten the hard work and dedication it takes. Every child deserves a great teacher. Thank you for being that teacher.
Alexa Posny, Ph.D.