[r85] Pond Report: The lasting impact of a great educator (5/3/2012)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Start Date: 5/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/3/2012

Teachers have the ability to positively influence future generations of Hoosiers. Undoubtedly, a great teacher can make a lasting impact in a student’s life and steer our children in a direction for a more promising future career. I’ve seen firsthand the difference a teacher can make.

Our teachers bear a tremendous amount of responsibility in transforming and expanding the minds of our youngest students. This is no easy task, and teachers put in countless hours of time and some spend their own money to help provide students with the tools and know-how to lead them down a successful path.

All teachers deserve to be recognized and appreciated for their work on a daily basis. National Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to praise our great teachers for what they do each and every day for our students.

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11 with National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8. This year the Indiana Department of Education asked students all throughout the state to submit six-word essays to honor an outstanding educator in their life.

Teaching is one of the most selfless jobs out there. Our educators are expected to develop our students into top-notch citizens that thrive in a 21st century workforce environment. It is important that we give our educators the recognition and appreciation that they rightfully deserve for all their hard work and dedication.

At the state level, we were able to maintain our commitment to send a portion of any “excess reserves” to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Future pension obligations for teachers are paid through the contributions to this fund. One of my main focuses as a state legislator has and always will be centered on education and the improvements that can be made to help students as well as finding ways to support our classroom teachers.

Let us all take some time to appreciate our teachers, not only during this special week, but on a regular basis. They work hard to educate our students to be future leaders in our society. A great teacher can truly make all the difference in a student’s life.