Students at Aquinas praying together at the school football field when the school was opened after a year.
BY SR. CECILIA LICH THANH TRAN, CCVI
Teachers play an important part in developing and shaping students’ lives. They provide students with tools to grow and flourish both at home and in society. In many countries across the world, teacher’s day is a special day where teachers are honored for their hard work and dedication.
The day varies from country to country. In El Salvador, it is June 22. In Guatemala, it’s June 25. In Vietnam, it’s November 20. In Mexico, it’s May 15. Many countries, including Kenya and Ireland, celebrate their Teacher’s Day on October 5th in conjunction with World Teacher’s Day. In the U.S., the National Teacher’s Day is observed on the first Tuesday of the first full week of May, called Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, it falls on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. This school year, 2020-2021, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are working hard to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.
SOME FACTS ABOUT TEACHERS:
- Teachers do not just work from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with summers off. Most arrive early before school starts, stay late and take papers home to grade.
- Summers are spent preparing for the next academic year and at professional development opportunities.
- Most teachers have to spend some of their own money on school supplies.
- Teachers feel like there is never enough time in a day. There is always more that they feel they need to do.
- Teachers hate failing a student and will make every effort to help students perform well. They want all students to succeed to the best of their ability.
- Teachers do not enjoy having to grade assignments. It’s time-consuming and repetitive, but a necessary part of their ministry.
Thank you to all teachers and especially CCVI Teachers-Sisters for working hard to create an educational and fun environment for students. Thank you for the incredible patience and kindness you’ve shown towards younger generations. Thank you for preparing students to fulfill God’s calling in this world.