Letter to the editor: Thankful for teachers, staff who care
Updated: February 20, 2012 8:01AM
My organization, Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, works with these schools regularly and I am always heartened to find so many caring teachers and other school staff (teacher assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, etc.) that go above and beyond to support our children.
These extraordinary people show up early or stay late to provide extra educational support, and they coach or lead clubs and other activities that our children are passionate about. They not only model healthy, responsible behavior but also get involved when a child’s heart is wounded, and make it a priority to connect with our kids.
They may simply offer a smile in the hallway that tells our children, “I see you. You matter.” They also care enough to set high expectations because they know our children are capable.
We are extremely fortunate to have so many caring teachers and support staff in our schools that are exemplary models of the type of people we want our children to grow up and be.
Thank you to all of you who give of yourself unconditionally for all our children.