Let’s Hear It for Our Teachers as We Close Another School Year

From Don’s Desk Teaching is as much a calling and passion as it is a profession and career. Those who choose teaching, whether kindergarten, middle school or high school, do it out of love for the mission of teaching and the difference teachers can and do make. To be honest, teaching looks easy until you try and do it. I didn’t think anything was harder than teaching adolescents and then after seven years of middle school I found myself in front of kindergarteners - for just one day - and it felt like a century of uncertainty and failure. From that day on I took the position that kindergarten teachers should be canonized. So today, let’s start by saying congratulations to every teacher you know and a shout out to the finalists for San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year: Staci Diaz, El Portal Middle School, Escalon Unified School District Tammy Hurst, Altamont Elementary School, Lammersville Unified School District Gary Pease, Jefferson School, Jefferson Elementary School District Annie Thompson, Ripona Elementary School, Ripon Unified School District Robert Winterhalter, Lodi High School, Lodi Unified School District Now, those who currently are teaching also know that not everything in the world of teaching and learning is perfect right now. Many of our educators are exhausted from two years of uncertainty and new challenges, and there are some new reports out about [...]