With National Teacher Appreciation Week upon us, I wanted to share some insight into how teachers are the foundation of the educational experience. I can vouch for this first hand as the Principal of Colorado Connections Academy schools. Each day I see the relationships built with students and teachers at our network of full-time, tuition-free statewide online public schools.
We are a tight knit community and it's incredibly rewarding to hear the stories of our students thriving as their individual needs are met. I've watched these students connect with their teachers that they communicate with each day - whether it's at a back to school picnic, field trip, science fair, spelling bee, or seeing them grace the stage in their caps and gowns on graduation day. There have been a couple of special graduates who stand out to me. I had the honor of not only being one of their elementary teachers but then the principal who handed them their diploma as they walked across the stage to enter into their next phase of life.
I have been in the world of education since 2001, and I can proudly say that I see a support system with our teaching staff. A support system that is there for the growing minds of students with our school. Our teachers are always a phone call or email away, and I've heard from many families the appreciation of the availability of our teachers. Many students feel a special bond.
Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. It's the teachers that create that nurturing environment in which students can thrive.
Thank you, teachers - not only this National Teacher Appreciation week, but for all that you do each school year!