This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Beginning in 1984, the National Education Association decided to honor teachers with a week of celebration 31 years after former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt advocated for the creation of a National Teacher Appreciation Day back in 1953. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time for school communities to acknowledge the dedicated work of educators in many ways, and the bulldogs have hit the ground running in their efforts to show our teachers some love. Teacher appreciation celebrations for AHS faculty to look forward include Teacher Appreciation breakfast and lunch days. With all that our teachers and school faculty do for AHS, The Legend was excited to talk with teachers, students, and the bulldog community to hear what teacher appreciation meant to them and the impact that teachers make.
What does teacher appreciation week mean to you?
Mrs. Yaffie, teaches AP English Literature: “I have to default to the popular phrase of, "It's complicated," for my answer. On one hand, being pampered and recognized over the course of a week is a treat that so many teachers not only enjoy but need in a time when we're all exhausted. It's the end of the school year and everyone is counting down the days until summer vacation. TAW helps me remember that people (students, parents, admin, etc...) really do see the effort we put into our classroom and it helps us get to the finish line, aka: the last day of school. On the other hand, I feel like we hoard all of that recognition for one week and don't let our peers, staff, and colleagues know that we appreciate what they do over the course of the entire year. I'm a huge fan of letting people know I appreciate them whenever the occasion warrants it, so there's a part of me that wishes we were a little bit better about recognizing the efforts of countless people/professions on a more consistent basis than during a single, arbitrary week.”
What do you enjoy about being a teacher?
Mrs. Yaffie, teaches AP English Literature: “This answer is simple: my students. I love how my students help me learn new things every day. I love challenging myself to come up with better ideas and more interesting lessons to teach my content/curriculum. I love seeing the lightbulb go on when before it was frustratingly off. I've been so lucky to have amazing students - like you! - and if I somehow was placed in a position (in education) without those students, there would be no reason for me to be in education any more.”
How do teachers make an impact on their students and the community?
Mr. Moore, teaches journalism, yearbook, and newspaper: “Being a teacher is great because we set the foundation for all future professions.”
The importance of Teacher Appreciation week cannot be explained without understanding the positive impact that educators have in their students’ lives. So, we caught up with a few bulldogs and asked them why their teachers deserve to be celebrated, on this, and every week.
Why is it important that we celebrate our teachers during teacher appreciation week and every week? Grace Ho, Freshmen: “The teachers that we have each year are always different from each other and have their own styles and ways of helping, teaching, and caring for students. Throughout my life not only have teachers taught me academically, they have also helped broaden my horizon on what to expect in the near and far future. Teachers deserve to be recognized for their hard work where they are a role model for us, by guiding us in the right way academically and personally. Thank you to all the teachers out there from all the students!”
Rachael Ng, Senior: “Teacher Appreciation Week is important because our teachers work hard every day to help us succeed. They do so much, make lesson plans, hold tutorials, uplift their students, they deserve something back.”