Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote for my Principals Post Blog:
This is an excerpt of an email I sent ot my faculty before Rosh Hashanah ( The Jewish New Year)
I just wanted to take a moment and say Thank You!
Thank you for your support
Thank you for your help
Thank you for your understanding and patience
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication
The list can go on but I think you get the idea.
This often is a thankless job and I at times I am just as guilty as the next person in not showing my appreciation and HaKarat Hatov (recognizing the good) in all that you do.
Then this week end I read something written by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book “From Optimism to Hope”He says the following: “That our greatest leader was Mosses and we call him Moshe Rabbenu – “Mosses our Teacher” because that for us is the highest honour.”
He concludes his article with the following quote: “Teachers open our eyes to the world. They give us curiosity and confidence. They teach us to ask questions. They connect us to our past and future. We have lots of heroes today- sports stars, super models and media personalities. They come they have their fifteen minutes of fame and then they go. But the influence of a good teacher stays with us. They are the people who really shape our lives.”
For many of us the first quarter of the school year is already over.
How many times have we said thank you?
How do we show our appreciation for our teachers?
And How many of us take what teachers do for granted?