This post is sponsored by Participant Media but my love of teachers is 100% my own.
Let’s take a collective moment to acknowledge those inspiring teachers, both past & present, who have positively impacted our lives.
I’ll go first.
I showed up on Monday already knowing there would be tears, that’s just the sort of mom I am.
I have told you guys time and time before, the thought of leaving my kids all day sits with me, and if it didn’t have to be that way you better believe they would always be by my side.
Why don’t you homeschool you ask? I’ve given LOTS and LOTS of thought to the matter, and while I would love to, it isn’t something my entire family supports. A decision like that has to be one everyone is 100% on board with. So for us, it’s not an option now.
I’m guessing she could see by the look in my eyes, the hesitation, because with one quick smile she set my heart at ease. Perhaps it was her pregnant belly — her knowing glance — or the way she helped Happy & Sweet cross the cross walk. Whatever it was, in her, I had found my peace with dropping them off.
She was there again on Tuesday, putting my fears at ease as I was forced to drop my kids off at the curb, a new security measure.
Again in the afternoon, assuring the parents the school was doing all it could to speed up the new pick up process, but for now children could only be picked up by an adult with a photo ID, and a new cross walk would be put in within the next few weeks to ease the flow of traffic.
By Friday, it felt familiar when she smiled at me both morning and afternoon. I thanked her quickly for her time and went on my way.
I do not know her name. Or even which grade she teaches, but this beautiful woman has been outside all week putting my fears to rest in the hundred degree heat, with child, and full of love for each student she helped get to class.
I know this because I can see it radiating out of her.
She is the epitome of what it takes to be a great teacher today:
Going above and beyond
Always thinking of their safety
The year has only just begun, but she has helped me through a very monumental week and if she can do that in 10 seconds or less, just imagine what she is doing IN the classroom, with the students!
I owe her my utmost gratitude, as do all the parents and students of Harmony Elementary. I’ll be doing my part this year to let others know what an impact teachers have on our lives and I hope you will too. In fact, we have a fun story coming up about how our local community joined together to gather school supplies for teachers and the students who need them.
You can start by taking part in this discussion, watching the trailer that follows, and then carving out sometime for this special TV event.
What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?
Our teacher sends us emails, receives text messages, sends complex behavior charts home with my students, yet always has a smile on her face. I have to wonder when they have any time at all for teaching when you add in all these additional duties they are responsible for.
To say it takes a special person to be a teacher is somewhat of an understatement.
I think it takes a hero.
Leave a comment telling me about a teacher who made a positive impact on your life — could be a teacher you had when you were little or a teacher your child has been lucky enough to receive. Whatever the case, share a story about your hero here with us
Then watch this short trailer for “TEACH“, a special two-hour television event presented by Participant Media, coming to CBS this fall.
Warning: It gave me goosebumps and I may have even teared up a bit …
Set your DVRs:
“TEACH” premieres on CBS, September 6th at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
“TEACH” will also air on the new network, Pivot on September 14th at 8:00 pm ET/PT
Visit the TEACH website to find out even more.