By now I hope you’ve received dozens of thank yous throughout the day from parents, students, colleagues and administrators. Yes, today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and this is Teacher Appreciation Week, so it may seem a little cliche to be receiving one more note thank you from “the union guy” but I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to do so before the end of the work day. So, here it goes:
Thank you for dedicating yourself to a profession that has taken it’s share of hits over the last few years but is no less noble than it was 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Thank you for supporting one another and your colleagues across the state and the country through your union membership. Thank you for contributing to Vote/Cope (yes, it does make a difference). Thank you for voting. Thank you for participating in and contributing to our community projects including Making Strides, PWP, Corporate Challenge, and Relay for Life. Thank you for supporting the WDEA scholarship fund. Thank you for listening when a fellow teacher needs to vent, and for venting and speaking your mind when silence isn’t good enough. Thank you for answering a panicked call or text from a colleague at 10PM or 6AM. Thank you for making us laugh and for empathizing when a friend is on the verge of tears. Thank you for the rides to the mechanic and for watching my class in an emergency and for joining us at Happy Hour after a particularly long week. Thank you for recommending your favorite book, the round of golf, and for joining us on the long run. Thank you for the wonderful baby showers, bridal showers, and retirement parties that help us mark the chapters in our lives. Thank you for asking the questions that need asking and for taking time to explain things one more time. Thank you for helping us each get through the day.
Our shared work connects us and gives us strength.  What you do makes a difference in the lives of your students and your colleagues.
Enjoy the rest of the week. In my mind, every day is Teacher Appreciation Day.
In solidarity,

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News and notes on education, labor, politics and the arts from CNY teacher Greg McCrea.
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