“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” — John Wooden

May 7, 2018

Dear Fellow Educators,

This is our week – National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when we’ll see more in the news, social media, and on our desks about how folks recognize and thank us than in any other time during the school year.

It really couldn’t come at a better time, the most exhausting of the year, when you’re in the midst of mandated testing, computing grades, conferencing with parents, figuring out what worked and what didn’t for your students.

And, it comes in the midst of record unrest among our colleagues across the nation who are sick and tired of low wages, crumbling buildings, out-of-date or non-existent resources, and little political will to fix it. We’re watching their efforts and applaud their courage. I hope the strong messages that 1) educators deserve to be paid as the professionals we are, and 2) our students deserve excellent public schools, will be resonating inside and outside the halls of our own Capitol building when the next legislative session convenes.

As we move into “Our Week,” let’s keep in mind that any gifts or happies we may receive are just the beginning of a lifetime of returns.

Our work has the capacity for changing the world. We are blessed to watch our work in action as our students become contributing adults who still want to hug our necks when we see them. We see our efforts blossoming forth in fine public servants, medical professionals, faith leaders, business and community leaders, artists, musicians, involved parents, those who serve us in uniform, and educators like us. Many become our lifelong friends. As someone said, “Teaching is the gift that keeps on giving.’’

Your MAE Family is so proud of you! Enjoy your week!

With Warm Regards,