Good afternoon, everyone! I know that I’ve already posted an article today, but I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy World Teachers Day!

I was really blessed to have some amazing teachers when I was a student. They introduced me to subjects which still fascinate me to this day, challenged me to think critically, and taught me how to speak in public and express myself through writing. So many of them inspired me to become a lifelong learner and a better person, and I am incredibly thankful for the impact they had on my life.

I think this year in particular has really highlighted the importance of teachers and the role they play in the education of young people all over the world. When the pandemic first caused schools to shut their doors, I saw a lot of parents discussing their forced homeschooling situations on Twitter. Some of the posts were funny, while others expressed feelings of frustration. I saw many parents come to the conclusion that teachers should be paid much more for what they do during the average school day. (A position I fully support.) There were a lot of messages that talked about how much parents appreciated their children’s teachers, and how much their kids missed actually being in the classroom.

Now that schools are back in session, many of them in-person or following an in-person/online hybrid plan, teachers are not only giving of their time, but they are also risking their health on a daily basis.

If you are a teacher yourself, whether you are currently teaching online or in-person, thank you for what you do. I was a teacher myself for many years, and I know how hard you are working to provide opportunities for your students to be successful in your class and beyond. Thank you for working those long hours, for learning new computer programs to provide online instruction, and for using your creativity to keep your students engaged in learning during a time that is causing so many of us severe anxiety.

If you are a parent of a school-aged child or college student, or if you have a friend or family member who is a teacher, I’d really like to encourage you to reach out to a teacher sometime today (or even later this week) to let them know how much you appreciate the work they do.

Happy World Teachers Day!

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