Date: May, 2019
I want you to know that you are the lifeline of this school. You care. You cry. You strive for success for all students. I see that you are worried about doing all that needs to be done before the end of the school year. I can feel the doubt creeping into your mind about the school year, don’t let it.
You are a nurse, a counselor, a parent figure, a negotiator, a caregiver, a caring person, a teacher! You are balancing the demands from my office, the state assessments, the district assessments, other staff, parents, the student situations, your own life, and the school calendar. I see you run to the doughnut shop in the morning for a special celebration in your classroom, encourage other staff members daily, design activities that are engaging, celebrate your students birthdays, spend your own money for supplies, worry about covering the standards, coordinate a collection of clothing for a family in need, and cry over the trauma some of our students experience.
You tense up during your evaluation, and to be honest, many times I watch in awe at how masterfully you run your classroom. You are the backbone of this school, you are my team, you bring us to where we need to be, and you are in the trenches with our precious students that we care so much about each day.
I cannot express enough how much an excellent teacher means to a school, I work tirelessly to hire candidates just like you, parents request you, and other teachers admire you. We all want our children to have you as a teacher. I have witnessed the teachers that think they are not doing enough or constantly want more ideas to improve….are the ones that should be sharing their expertise with others.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this school a great place to learn!