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Letter to the editor: Teacher’s reward

To the editor:

Yesterday as I sat in the front of my classroom taking attendance, a little first or second grade girl stood outside my classroom door waiting to be recognized by me. When I saw her, I motioned her into the room. She came toward my desk and as she reached it, she opened her tiny little hand and inside that hand there were two small broken pieces of a candy cane. She smiled and said, “These are for you,” And then, just as quietly as she entered the room, she walked back out.

Suddenly I realized how brave she had been to enter a room full of 33 big fifth graders to hand me a gift. I also realized how lucky I am to be a teacher. Each day I am blessed with gifts from my students. Some draw me pictures. Others make me crafts like ornaments or bracelets. Still others offer high fives or hugs.

As we reach the end of Teacher Appreciation Week I want to let others know how much I appreciate all that my past and present students and their parents have done to make me feel special.

Courtney Kiser

The Dalles


LTGrey 3 years, 8 months ago

That's what teachers do: They notice the little things, especially with the little ones who are pre-articulate and painfully shy. What a beautiful story. My teachers connected me not only with the dead past but more importantly with the living fact of my own life. Teaching is a subtly hard profession, a huge responsibility, and the one time I had the audacity to voice my opinion to my father that teachers didn't need a union if that profession was a calling, he said that many were called but few chosen, even fewer could hack the work, and that it was so hard it deserved to pay more than starvation wages in a country this wealthy. He's gone, but now I get teachers' unions, and even defend them. (Not school boards so much.) Teachers don't need defending; they need community and parental support.


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