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    Have You Thanked a Teacher Today?

    Here we are at the end of National Teacher Appreciation Week. If you have not yet, be sure to #ThankATeacher.

    Send your favorite teacher from childhood a handwritten note thanking him or her for their support all those years ago. Or, shoot a quick email on behalf of your kid. What seems like a small gesture can mean the world to the educator who receives the note.

    Teaching is difficult, tiring, and often thankless. But it is, arguably, the single most important job for making a nation great. Great teachers amaze, inspire, compel, push, prod, and coax students to learn and grow into productive and innovative members of society.

    Teachers, we see you and thank you for your service, not just this week, but every week.

    One praiseworthy teacher is James Butler, a pre-k instructor at Gullett Elementary in Austin ISD. His warm, patient approach to teaching has won love from his students and great respect from his district. Read about Mr. Butler in our latest story: “Teachers Matter Most in Pre-k: Meaningful Teacher-Student Interactions #1 Driver for Early Education Learning Gains.” Be sure to watch the video, too.

    On the subject of inspiring teachers, we would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Raise Your Hand team, Thea Ulrich-Lewis, who served as a teacher for three years in the Rio Grande Valley. Thea joins us as a research associate and will investigate a variety of topics relating to our key issues, particularly teacher preparation programming.

    We don’t thank these heroes for heroes they are nearly as often as we should.

    Take a moment to conjure up the face of the teacher who made a difference in your life. The teacher who wouldn’t give up on you, the teacher who showed you the joy of learning, the teacher who saw you for everything you could be, the teacher for whom you would do anything because they transformed your world. Thank you teachers for all that you do.

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