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Is this you? Are you a great teacher? One who is committed to student learning and to helping colleagues become better teachers? One of the best things I get to do is review comments from employees (staff and teachers), leaders, and parents from various school districts. Why the best? The comments refresh the importance of commitment to education and commitment to colleagues.

One elementary special education teacher was highlighted by several colleagues; below are a few select comments from her colleagues:

… is an awesome Learning Disabilities teacher. I truly enjoy co-teaching with her.  She always has the students best interest in mind for all her lessons and tries to always incorporate a hands on learning activity.

… and … are constantly trying to improve the quality of learning for each and every student in their classes on a daily basis.

… goes well above any expectation that could be created for a Special Education teacher or any teacher for that matter.  She spends her own money for incentives and food for ANY child she comes in contact with.  She is compassionate, caring, empathetic, firm and loving.  She has keen insight and always has the child’s best interest foremost in her teaching.  She has the patience of a saint and has taught me so much this year.  She is one of the few special education teachers who truly co-teaches instead of just showing up and implementing the classroom teacher’s lesson plans.  She is constantly bringing in ideas she has discovered on Pinterest or purchased from some on-line site.  This is one of the true great teachers in our district.  She … truly cares about students and their success.  She also is willing to share her ideas with this classroom teacher and has helped me become a better teacher.  So please let … know what an asset she is…

Is this you? Are you a great school leader? One principal was recognized by numerous teachers and staff at  her school, not only as their response in “what’s working well in the school district,” but as the individual “in the school district that [they] would like to recognize for good work.” In fact, this principal’s colleagues  recognized their leader via 24 specific comments (out of 33 total recognitions/comments)! Below are select quotes:

I trust her to have my best interest at heart.

… Her efforts are always in the best interest of students and families.  She is also always looking to support staff in any way that she possibly can.  She is truly an advocate on all levels.

My principal … works incredibly hard to ensure that her staff is well-informed on all matters.  Her communication is always positive and timely.

I would like to recognize [my principal] for her superior leadership abilities.  She has taken  [our school] from a good place to work, to a great place to work.  She is always positive, dedicated, understands what is important, and willing to do anything to help students achieve all that they can!

I would like to recognize [my principal] for continually trying to think outside of the box when issues arise and for being empathetic to the challenges her teachers face.

So, maybe the question is not “is this you,” but rather why not you? That is, this can be you. Step up and be that great teacher or that great leader in your school, the one who colleagues recognize as being committed to students, parents, and others. Great teachers make great schools. Great leaders create the conditions that foster and nourish a school full of great teachers.




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