To the Editor: Parent appreciates efforts of teachers
Written by Julianna Ruetz   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:24
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the teachers, supporting staff and administrators that have touched my children's lives. From the secretaries that have been my main source of communication and information, to the lunch ladies that have served my kids, to the janitors that have cleaned my children's messes, the nurses that have nursed my kids, the bus drivers that have transported my children safely to and from school and extra curricular events, to the principals that have signed my children's grade cards and have written words of encouragement, I thank you all!
It is the teachers that I want to focus on. I am truly indebted to my children's teachers past, present and future. You have one of the most important jobs and are not paid or appreciated enough. In addition to academic instruction, you are leader, supervisor, mentor, diplomat, psychologist, organizer, nurse, disciplinarian, role model to our kids. Some of you spend more time with my children than I do because of the school day, after school activities and my work schedule. People who are unaware need to realize that you put in more than an 8 hour day. I understand that papers cannot always be graded during school time because of other responsibilities you do like, morning, lunch and parking lot duty, chaperoning dances, being an advisor to clubs, being on committees, filling in for another teacher last minute or conducting  a concert, performance or competition. The before and after school stuff you do is part of the job and like most places there are some slackers. Not all teachers are great, but the majority are. In some instances you not only put in your time, but money too for supplies and educational materials.
To me, your job is of the highest importance. You are helping shape our children's lives, pick up where we leave off in the a.m. (since we can't be with our kids 24/7).  I have had the pleasure of knowing some awesome teachers who in turn have helped produce and influence some awesome kids (societies future leaders, neighbors, parents, community members and co-workers). I would challenge anyone to walk in your shoes. I am forever grateful to all of you for all you have done. You have truly made a difference and have helped make a better family, community and world.
Julianna Ruetz

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