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May 7, 2014

Viewpoint: Take time this week to thank a teacher

By Dr. Alice A. Johnson Alexandria Community Schools

Every one of us can think about the numerous teachers we have had and offer an opinion of the teacher that inspired us, made us mad, challenged us, made us laugh, kicked us out of class, made us feel special and/or provided a defining moment in our lives.

From age five, my entire life has been surrounded with teachers. I can put names to each category mentioned above, just like you can. In my life, as a student from kindergarten to doctorate, the truth of the matter is that regardless of the ‘opinion’ that lives on in my heart and head about a particular teacher, here is one thing I can honestly admit today: What I got out of a class was totally dependent upon what I chose to put into it and take out of it.

I have lived long enough to see people in many different careers. Without any question at all, the respect I have for teachers in their careers is unmatched. I can go through the list of all the planning, preparation, evidence-based strategies, theories turned to deliberate practice, the ever changing pace of technology, etc. that teachers do consistently and methodically to stay current and effect student learning. But one of the most under mentioned aspects that I witness each day is that teachers are relentless in their efforts to motivate students to want to learn.

In my professional career as an educator, I have been blessed to work with compassionate, purpose-driven teachers who collaborate and dedicate their lives to nurturing strong minds and hearts. Since I have been in Alexandria, I have been so impressed with the overall cooperation and collaboration that all Madison County schools have with each other. We all work together in this county to make each day, each year better for students’ educational experience. We don’t compete, we share our best with each other. That is unique and special. Kudos to all Madison County teachers! I appreciate and respect you tremendously!

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