On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I hope I am one among many who say thank you for all that you do for your students. Your contributions are immeasurable, your dedication and resolve unmatched. You educate and inspire, solve conflicts and heal wounds, provide safety and security, give counsel and structure, and you care for and love the children who enter your room each day. In the face of the many challenges you and your students encounter, you simultaneously teach and exercise self-control. Daily, you give of yourself and your means to make each child’s life a little better, and you would have it no other way. For that and for reasons too numerous to mention, I join grateful parents and colleagues in saying “thank you.”
As teachers, we understand that change is inevitable and flexibility is a must. Our classrooms remind us of this reality each and every day. We also know that change can be difficult, confusing and frightening, especially when that change has implications for our very livelihood. Such has been our reality, with teacher retirement benefits, health insurance, teacher evaluation and compensation, and the school day all changing this year or in the near future. As an Association member, you have an organization that will help you navigate these changes from a teacher’s perspective. ETA is committed to providing its members with the resources and support needed to be successful in this constantly evolving landscape of public education. In doing so, the Association empowers you, the member, to continue to do what you do best—caring for and educating the children in your classroom.
Recently, I was reminded of this phrase: “Membership is doing for ourselves what we cannot do by ourselves.” By remaining dedicated to one another, we will be able to navigate the many changes we are facing and emerge together on the other side. Thank you—not only for what you do for students and how you conduct yourself as a professional each day—but for your continued support for and membership in the Evansville Teachers Association.