In Praise of Teachers

We are huge fans of teachers.

Our admiration spawns from those who have taught us, to those who teach the children of today, and those who commit to teach the children of our children. Teachers cultivate curiosity, ignite imagination and learning, and shape our future.

If you teach in America today, you do all this against the backdrop of many voices that are not singing in harmony, many voices talking over one another while you continue to teach and provide certainty in uncertain circumstances, all the while reminding us that school is community and the safe haven for many children and parents. If you teach in America, you also choose to fight for our children’s right to adequate and stable funding for their schools, choose to explain why we must keep the doors open.

Thank you, teachers, for showing up and caring and teaching. Thank you for setting a good example: choosing to do the right things, choosing to keep advocating for our kids and to keep explaining, even when you feel we aren’t listening.

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) supports and values what you do for our kids. Staff, volunteers, and partners work together to remove barriers to learning so that students can learn from your teaching. Thank you!

Here are a few of our favorite quotes about teaching and teachers:

 

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

-Khalil Gibran

 

“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” 

Unknown

 

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”

-Colleen Wilcox

 

“When we connect our students with the world, we are building bridges today that tomorrow will walk across.”

-Vicki Davis @ coolcatteacher

 

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupér

 

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

-William Butler Yeats