National Teacher Day turns spotlight on educators
Teachers in Obion County and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on Tuesday as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making great public schools for every child. It’s National Teacher Day.
“Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do,” said Pam Kangelos, president of the Obion County Education Association. “National Teacher Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We want to take it to the next step.”
She said she believes the schools can be even better through a joint effort.
“We believe we all have to work together to make our schools even better,” she said. “That means everyone in the community — parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government and yes, students. Public schools are at the heart of any community. When there are problems, we address them. When there are kudos, we share them.”
Ms. Kangelos said community involvement brings learning to life.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other,” she said. “I ask the community to learn about how we advocate for high standards for students, fair and meaningful evaluations of their work and resources that go directly to the classroom. Better than an apple or a thank-you card, a community’s active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community’s students would be ample reward for all of us.
“We have a truly great community because each individual part of the community is involved in the education of our students.”
While there are many issues educators face on a daily basis, she said they continue to work and meet the requirements of many laws and regulations imposed by state and federal government.
The Obion County Education Association is a professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. The 207 members work in the community at every level of education, from pre-school through high school.
Published in The Messenger 5.5.08