Our superintendent sent a letter to all the staff today congratulating our district on having our high school win a 2012 Pathways to Excellence Golden Apple Award. Included in his letter were these sentiments:
“Yesterday one of the Super Bowl commercials narrated by Paul Harvey, honored farmers in our country with a “So God made farmers” speech. I personally thought it was one of the best commercials of the afternoon (along with the Doritos and goat ad!). However, I also then immediately thought they could have easily and rightfully remade this story with the catch phrase “So God made a teacher” or “So God made an educator”, or “So God made a ____” (we could fill in the blank with any of our entire staff here). Maybe I’ll work on that . . . . . . . . . .?”
So pardon my plagiarism Mr. Harvey:
So God Made a Teacher
And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need someone to make sure all my children become the very best caretakers of this world they can be” so God made teachers.
God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, ready their own household for work and school, spend all day in the classroom focused on the needs of the children there and willing to stay after work to meet with parents and colleagues to insure the best is happening in the school. I need someone who will then rush home to provide a home-life for loved ones and then review their work before bed to be sure it’s all ready for the next day.” So God made teachers.
God said, “I need somebody who knows the school community doesn’t stop at the front door, someone who knows that some days there is no going home for dinner because there are children and parents coming in and there needs to be a listening presence ready to greet them. I need someone who doesn’t measure their job in hours but in students and families served.” So God made teachers.
God had to have somebody willing to ride school buses the first weeks of school so that all families will be greeted, someone who will host school lunches in the classroom so all space in the school can be utilized fully, someone who will suffer the consequences of playing basketball with 5th graders and accompanying kindergarteners in a jog-a-thon, someone who will open candy-spiked Valentines and work valiantly to discern every last author so proper thanks can be given.” So God made teachers.
God said, “I need somebody with a heart strong enough to bear witness to the most tragic stories ever written and yet gentle enough to resist the temptation to harden against the adversity so present in the world.” So God made teachers.
It had to be somebody who’d work hard and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, plow, plant, replenish growing minds and finish a hard week’s work with a round trip of 30 miles each day. Somebody who’d bale a classroom together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh with understanding when their own child says, “I’m thinking of being a teacher.”
So God made teachers.
I’m sure you guys can add to this tribute…..