School teachers do far more than classroom work

Thank a teacher this week.

Your Enumclaw School Board asks you to join in saluting all Certificated Staff this week!

We wish to express our gratitude for the dedicated work they do in the classrooms, as supervisors and leaders of our district’s 4,200 students.

Our teachers are engineers for our community’s future. They plan their class work, execute lessons, assess progress, plan again and then work to find ways to intervene with children who are not meeting expectations and push those that have. And that’s just the beginning nuts and bolts of their jobs.

Our teachers also tend to the whole child as well by making sure each one is known by name and feels welcome, safe and appreciated. Teachers are frequently the safe harbor a child or teen turns to when they are hurting emotionally, whether it be a lost pet, a broken friendship or simply when they need encouragement.

Often it is a teacher that helps a student uncover their gifts and find a passion that can be nudged toward a career. Teachers nurture the dream a student comes to them with, helps them to evolve their dream by challenging them and sends them off to achieve their dreams beyond high school.

Think back on your own educational experience to a teacher that made a difference in your life. Take a moment to thank them with a call or letter now, they will love hearing from you. And if you know a teacher in this district, tell them how much you appreciate what they are doing for the children and for our community.

We salute you, certificated staff.

Nancy Merrill, board president

Chris Van Hoof, vice president

Corey Cassell

Cathy Dahlquist

Tim Nickson

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