This is praise for all the teachers I know
the ones who have been by my side through good times and bad
the ones who support me no matter what crazy idea I have
the ones who are Teacher of the Year and the ones who should be
the ones who have lost their job through budget cuts
the ones who are overworked and underpaid and certainly
Here is to the great ladies and gentlemen who stay up late on Sunday
planning the perfect lesson for Monday
the ones who come in early on testing day
to have everything set up so the students don’t need to stress.
Praise to the teachers who won’t let students be lazy
or give up on themselves
who are constantly extending each of them one last chance
who will take what they are given and make it better.
Praise to the teachers who know that the “data” doesn’t define them
the turning points in the classroom, the look in a child’s eye
is a much greater assessment than anything else.
Praise to the teachers who remember this is an art
not a science
that the brain is a marvelous thing
each working in its own way.
We will never be able to truly draw the parameters of what a teacher is.
What a teacher does.
It is too vast and borderless, wondrous and infinite.
God love the teachers, even when no one else does.
When we become scapegoats for all the ills of society.
No matter the day, the political climate, the situation at hand
We will unlock our classroom doors
Set up the boards
Welcome our students.