Principal's Perspective

Dear Foothill Families,


Teaching is not a profession. It's a passion.


Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week with Tuesday, the Tuesday of the first full week in May, marking National Teacher Day in the United States. National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week present us with wonderful opportunities to acknowledge and publicly show our support and gratitude for the work our teachers do. These are difficult times in education, and our appreciation for the work of our teachers will be valued and more than welcome.


Eleanor Roosevelt was instrumental in creating a national day to recognize teachers when in 1953, at her request and encouragement, the 81st Congress instituted National Teacher Day to celebrate and recognize teachers across the country. But it was only as recently as 1985 that the National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first week of May, with the Tuesday of that week designated as National Teacher Day.


A specific National Teacher Day provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on the role of teachers in our lives, whether they be coaches, mentors or any other great instructor who has influenced and educated us in any way. But in particular, Teacher Appreciation Week was developed for us to reflect on the contribution and support of school teachers. Our education in the school setting is an experience that the great majority of us share as a right of passage. It is often this experience and the people who teach, mold, influence and support our learning that in many cases determine the paths of our lives.


Of course, appreciation for our teachers should not just occur during Teacher Appreciation Week, but the emphasis that this week creates enables us to focus our thoughts and specifically honor the role our teachers play in the nurturing of young minds and the development of our wider society. Many thanks to our AABC (Academics and Activities Booster Club) for honoring our teachers with a luncheon on May 1. Many thanks also to our many Foothill families who show their appreciation and support for the role that teachers play in the lives of their children throughout the year. Your thoughts, encouragement and positive support for our teachers are very much appreciated in return.


Our teachers deserve the recognition provided by Teacher Appreciation Week, for they are the ones who inspire us, they are the real heroes in our lives and our society, and it is their dedication and commitment to children and families that make millions of tiny miracles happen every day.


The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

-- Henry B. Adams


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein


Learning to teach is a bigger job than universities, schools, experience, or personal disposition alone can accomplish.

-- Sharon Feiman-Nemser


In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.
-- Lee Iacocca


Kia ora! (Be well)


John Dwyer