May 3-7 marks the observance of Teacher Appreciation Week - a time for saluting our public school professionals and the relationships between teachers, support personnel, students and parents.
The theme of this year's celebration, "We are the NEA - Together making Great Public Schools for Every Child," reflects our nation's commitment to all students. The interaction between children, parents, and teachers cannot be underplayed. If partnerships between teachers, support personnel, and parents are strong, the children's chances of success skyrocket.
Today's teachers and support personnel do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation and problem-solving, which help students throughout life. Teachers are true heroes in our communities, who through their commitment to children, work millions of small miracles every day.