1. We are grateful for your bravery. In today's political climate, I have become convinced that good teaching is a singular act of bravery. To teach to the students instead of to the test, to continue to make children feel safe even if your job is not, to do what is right instead of what is expedient or fashionable requires a special brand of courage. Thank you for teaching courageously.
2. We are grateful for your commitment. Teaching isn't easy. Many of you knew that before you took the job and you stayed any way. You love your students and are committed to their success and you won't give up at the first sign of trouble. Thank you for loving our children and our profession enough to stick with it even when things get rough.
3. We are grateful for your tenacity. When students don't get it the first time, you try again, and again, and again, until they do get it. You don't give up; you figure it out. Thank you for persisting with every child until he or she is successful.
4. We are grateful for your humility. You quietly work miracles in the classroom every day, asking for no recognition, and rarely receiving praise. It is often a thankless job but you do it anyway. Thank you serving children with humility and grace, never seeking the praise you so richly deserve.
5. We are grateful for your power. Only a teacher can transform the illiterate into expert readers, the ignorant into life-long learners, failures into scholars. You don't just see children's potential -- you ignite it! Thank you for using your power to empower others.
6. We are grateful for your generosity. You love children and you selflessly give them your very best each day. You want to see them learn and you work hard on their behalf to ensure that they do. Thank you for sharing the gift of learning with your students, your colleagues, and your communities.