Teachers Appreciation Week 2017 – Thank You Teachers!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2017 – THANK YOU, TEACHERS!

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway! We have been reading some wonderful stories. You all are wonderful human beings, and we’re so happy for those of you who shared your stories with us to help us better understand how to appreciate you and to be encouraged to show our appreciation for all those who play a special role in our lives.

As a small token of appreciation, a $25 Visa gift card will be sent to each of the randomly-selected participants.

1) Kathy B.

2) Dina H.

3) Tracie S.

4) Peter Z.

5) Wendy C.

6) Cindy M.

7) Kelley H.

8) Kristi W.

9) Mika E.

10) Karina S.

(Make sure to check your email so we can send you your prize!)

Here are a few of the stories submitted:

“I became a teacher for one simple reason: to serve the Kingdom. I felt God calling me to teaching, but specifically to teaching in a Christian school. I know I don’t make as much as a public school teacher, but I get to share the love of Christ on a daily basis.“

“I became a teacher because I had an amazing teacher who made me feel like I could encourage and care like she did. Today, I have been teaching for twenty years and I still think of her. So thankful for her influence. Teaching is not a job, it is my heart!“

“It is my desire for all children and teens to feel valued, honored, and heard. In teaching, I am able to connect deeply with kids, while participating in their growth and development as students, Christ-seekers, and citizens of the community.“

“I love working with students, investing in their lives. I consider it a privilege to be able to teach them not only academic subjects but spiritual truths from God’s Word that will give them hope for the future.”

“I love working with kids, encouraging them, helping them to use their gifts and talents and to reach their full potential. I am blessed to be able to help my students grow academically and spiritually.”

“I have always loved reading and learning and there’s no better way to share that passion than with kids who are eager to soak up everything around them.”

“37 years ago it was for the summers off and 7:30-3:00 work hours, but just days in, I discovered the joy, honesty, and purity of kids. 37 years later, it’s still the best job on the planet!  #lovemyjob #blessedbeyondmeasure”

“I wanted to touch lives in the way my life was changed by a few teachers I had. I wanted to make a difference.”

“I became a teacher 25 years ago to be an advocate for all students.  I became a teacher to show students possibilities, opportunities and that they could do anything with patience, practice, and perseverance.  I became a teacher because I love children and I love seeing that “I got it” moment after they have worked really hard to master a skill.  I became a teacher to help students achieve, believe and succeed.  Being a teacher is the hardest job I’ve ever had, but I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else.”

“I became a teacher because as a child I loved school so much! All of my teachers trusted me from an early age to run their errands. I played teacher when I was little, even 5 years old. Then when I was in grade school, I would invite all the neighborhood kids over for a story in my backyard. My mom would bake cookies, and make lemonade for my “students” when I was about 8 years old. Then when I went to college, I started out majoring in fashion design, but I was so good at helping others, and teaching them what to do, that my instructors told me that I should really go into education!”

“I was studying to be a pastor, and I attended seminary, but my first pastor experience as an interim preacher didn’t feel like what I wanted to do. I was helping my wife, who is a teacher, who was teaching in a Christian school, set up her classroom a couple of days before school started. The superintendent liked me so much, that he asked me to teach social studies and a Bible class for a teacher that left suddenly, without warning. I took over the class, and now I have been a teacher for over 20 years!! I am a special education teacher and I love teaching!”

“I wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. I teach high school and I like watching them learn new things and putting that knowledge to good. It is even a greater feeling when students, who don’t take my classes, come to me for help and guidance. It is a fantastic feeling when you are a positive influence on a student. I love them all and claim them all as my own.”

“I became a teacher because I want to make a difference. I believe every child can learn something every day. It isn’t the same thing as their neighbors, but they are learning something. I want to help students succeed.”