In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the We Love Teaching campaign is once again encouraging educators to share a story from their own uplifting experiences with students. To be part of the campaign, please share your stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #LoveTeaching Week.
Here is my homage to the professionals who spend their careers nurturing other people’s children as if they were our own. (With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning…)
How do I love educators? Let me count the ways:
I love us more than mere words can state.
You see, we’re devoted to students and improving their fate.
I love educators to the moon and back,
For with each and every student, we have the right knack.
We inspire and motivate with creativity and spark,
That’s because we support and nurture from our hearts.
Whether teachers, counselors, lunch ladies, professors, custodians, or bus drivers,
We encourage our students to be learners and strivers.
With voices strong and heads held high,
We challenge each one to reach for the sky.
And when we need to speak up and advocate,
Our words are always timely and never late.
We raise our educator voice in communities and schools,
To ensure students have resources, support, and tools.
So on Valentine’s Day—and every day, in fact—
I want educators to know: NEA has your back!