Today we are excited to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week with a note from our CEO and Co-Founder, Randy Wilhelm: What does teacher appreciation week mean? Probably the receipt of numerous apples, trinkets, baked goods and gift cards. I remember as a child that my mom would put together intricate baskets or gifts for my teachers. Yet I now believe that the best way for me to show appreciation would have been to pay attention in class, not staple my finger or gaze out the window as my mind wandered. But alas, I didn't understand this back then, so I am grateful my mom filled the void with a nice gift.
People show their appreciation in different ways. I suspect that students, parents, and community members are not too likely to say THANK YOU and YOU ARE APPRECIATED for your dedication to helping kids learn. At Knovation, we are particularly appreciative of the teachers who still get down and talk eye-to-eye with students, where hugs are common, where becoming a co-learner with the kids is perceived a step forward in teacher effectiveness, where teaching is about asking the right questions, not providing the answers to pass the test. We stand up and applaud the teachers who are finding creative ways to engage the hearts of kids, even in the midst of the overwhelming pressure from the system. To you we tip our hats, and say THANK YOU for all you do. You are appreciated and respected, and we know you are making a difference. Thank you.