The List of Heroes Keeps Growing…

As we continue to face the COVID-19 challenge, we have many people/heroes playing a variety of critical roles to help us all live our best lives. As we move into this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I hope we can all take time to thank another hero on the list, “TEACHERS.”

Going into this school year, as in any other school year, the role of the teacher plays a critical role in developing our most valuable asset, that of our future generation. The ability to reach students academically, as well meet their social and emotional needs, is both a science and an art. The teaching profession faces challenges today that require a high level of content expertise, combined with a keen eye for understanding all the variables that may be playing a role in a child’s life creating barriers or opportunities for students.

For teachers and students alike, the school year turned upside down mid-March. With four months to go in a typical school year, the art and science of being a teacher added an additional role as they transitioned to doing the best they could to be all that they are to students via a distant learning platform. Whether it has been diving into navigating new learning management systems, creating mail home activities, or just picking up the phone to ask how a student is doing, the role of a teacher has earned a whole new level of appreciation this year.

If you have a son or daughter that is working with a teacher through this new reality, or you simply know a teacher, please take the time to thank them for doing all they can to meet the needs of our next generation. While they take on this challenge, teachers, too, are taking on some learning and there are some learning curves and ah-ha moments for them as well. Like our students, they have social and emotional needs, and this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week may have a different feel, but our appreciation for all teachers if they are not on your list already, is worthy of adding them to the long list of deserving HEROES!

Dr. Kyle Griffith

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Lenawee County Intermediate School District

Blissfield