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Thursday, December 19, 2019

As educators, you give gifts to your students each and every day. We wanted to make sure you understand the power of what you give to your students by simply being the engaged, energetic, creative teacher you are. 

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"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

-Henry Adams

The gift of all you are

I don't know if it's the holidays or the end of the year, but I am feeling deeply thankful to all educators. This year has been an amazing experience for the three of us here at Leaderally. We have had the opportunity to meet and talk with hundreds of educators who blow us away with the wisdom, humor, experience, advice, and generosity they've shared with us. Through the conversations, presentations, workshops, and conferences, we genuinely feel that we have been given such an incredible gift. The gift of witnessing the power of teachers. Experiencing this gift first hand has made us that much more determined to make sure that we are supporting teachers and working every day to keep teachers in the classroom doing what they are meant to be doing.

As our gift to you, we thought we'd share some simple reminders of how much you impact your students and how much the little things matter. 
  • Megan Hahn, Middle School Geometry teacher in Madison, WI -  Megan and her fellow teachers were at a restaurant last weekend and received this note on the check. The waitress then proceeded to tell them about how when she was growing up, she was in a gang and headed on the wrong path. Her high school geometry teacher never gave up on her and helped keep her in school; she said, "that attention and care saved my life." The woman went on to become a police officer so that she can make a difference in the lives of others. 
  • Anna, 8th grade -My 6th grade ELA was the best! Mrs. D would give really helpful feedback on all of our work. I already really liked to write and her comments and explanations made me a better writer. I learned what my mistakes were and how to fix them in a way that didn't make me feel dumb. We would get to conference with her at the end of each assignment and spend time revising and editing our work together. She is such a nice teacher and such a nice person. I loved that she didn't have favorites (at least she didn't show it). She liked all of us and that made us all feel special. I loved going to her class. I learned so much from her.
  • Ellie, 4th grade - My favorite teacher is Ms. G. She is special because she taught really well. She always has a smile on her face and was happy to see us. She was happy every day!  I learned a lot in her class.  She helped people if they weren't getting the information. She would say, "OK, so you already know this.... and now all you need to do is...."  She used to remind us what we already knew so we could add onto those things to learn more. She is the best and I miss her. (I really like my teachers this year too though. They are awesome!)
  • Emmett, grade 5 - My favorite teacher is Mrs. MacDonald because she is fair and really nice. She is also funny. She explains things really well when we are learning something new. She makes hard things easy by going over steps one by one with our class. If you're wrong she helps you out. She does projects with us to teach us things - we get to do something instead of just reading about something. 
  • Jack, grade 3 - Mrs. Norton because she has pets in her classroom. She's really nice. She gives just enough homework, not too much. 
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Wide World of Education

Never forget you are a life changer
Buzzfeed compiled 26 stories from people about teachers who, through small, powerful actions, changed the life of a student. While these stories are powerful and very sweet, they are CRITICAL to each and every one of those now grown-up students.
The career you've chosen (or perhaps the career that chose you) is not easy, and often not at all glamorous. It does, however, matter more than just about any other career out there. Thank you for your energy, passion, and love of engaging, inspiring and teaching students. We are forever grateful for who you are. 
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

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