As our faculty and staff have enjoyed a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week, a student asked, “When do we have student appreciation week?” Actually, it was a really good question, to which I replied, “Every week is student appreciation week!”
Now, I’m old enough to have been on the borderline with regard to parental philosophies, between not worrying about my child’s self-esteem one day and the next day trying to ensure that each child’s ego remains intact. In reflecting on the question posed by the student, it is true that every week there is appreciation for our students and our children, not because we are fluffing their egos, but because without them we would have no basis for Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day either. And what do these three days have in common? Children and teaching. Most people who choose teaching, and parenting for that matter, do so because they love children and want to make a difference in their lives. Mothers, fathers, and teachers have that in common. Each one of us who works at St. Michael’s School does so because of this sense of calling. Regardless of what we teach, be it math, science, religion, language, or various periods of history, we are not only teaching a curriculum to students but teaching about life as well. In doing so, we hope to be a part of shaping each student’s moral compass, his or her values, and a belief of self-worth, dignity, and value among one’s peers and community.
As I observe our faculty and staff reaching out to our students, coaching, encouraging, guiding, and directing them, day in and day out, they do so because they believe in not just what they teach, but, more importantly, they believe in the students they teach. In reality, every day really is student appreciation day because of the privilege and opportunity each of us has to be a part of this chapter in shaping young lives. With that in mind, a big THANK YOU goes back to our parents for trusting us and allowing us to partner together on behalf of our students. They are our purpose, and they are our calling.
Head of School