May 7 is National Teacher Day, a day in which we celebrate the astounding contribution teachers make to our society. Along with family and friends, teachers have a significant impact on shaping young minds, teaching kids how to think for themselves and giving them the tools for a successful life.
Can there be a nobler calling than shaping the leaders of the future?
Last week we celebrated Administrative Professional’s Day, and I made banana cream pie for the staff here at the district office. It is also a very important day here because these committed employees do a staggering amount of work; the kind that keeps the school district moving forward. They don’t receive much glory, but chances are if you have ever called or emailed needing assistance, you have appreciated their professionalism and efficiency.
Unfortunately, we have too many teachers to make homemade banana cream pie for all. If I could, though, I would. Instead we will honor the day with ice cream sandwiches and cookies for all employees.
Why all employees instead of just teachers? For every one of our outstanding teachers, there is a platoon of employees making it possible for teachers and students to thrive in our environment. We all play a role in student success. On National Teacher Day, it will be teachers most likely to point that out.
It goes without saying that I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the efforts of our teachers to improve educational opportunities in our school district. That goes for all of our employees, who handle themselves with grace under pressure and always rise to the occasion.
We hear it often when we are outside our school district borders: people aware of our school district expressing disbelief at how hard our employees work and the great things we achieve together in the face of adversity.
It is humbling to be part of such a dedicated and effective team. Thanks to you all!
— Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools