May 8 – 12 is Teacher Appreciation Week, with National Teacher Day taking place on Tuesday, May 9th. We invite everyone in Deer Park to help us recognize and say “thank you” to our dedicated teachers who educate and inspire our students. We are fortunate to have an incredible team of highly-trained and qualified professionals who are continuously working individually and collaboratively to improve their practice, seeking to create an amazing educational environment for kids. In what has been arguably one of the most challenging periods in the history of public education (changing standards, increasing demands, new technologies, added accountability, concerns about the safety and security of our schools….and much, much more), teachers continue to rise to the challenge using improved, research-based methods for improving academic performance while also finding ways to create engaging instructional experiences.
With all that said, let’s not forget the simple fact that teachers have incredible power as mentors in our lives. Mentors serve as models for us, but in this case, I’m not talking about teachers as models of good teaching or even models of learning. The true power of teaching is in the capacity to awaken something within others, and it’s something we reclaim years later by recalling the impact our teachers had on our lives. Just about everyone can think back to a teacher that inspired them, providing mentorship and igniting a desire to explore and learn. We can all identify that teacher, the special mentor we connected with, who helped us discover new things, or perhaps just helped us believe in ourselves.
All too often, we forget how important and meaningful it can be to say thanks; this week provides an annual opportunity to make sure our teachers know how much we appreciate them. I would like to thank and commend our teaching staff for their dedication and personal commitment to the students and families in the Deer Park School District. Our students will continue to grow and will be equipped for success because of our dedicated teachers, who do truly amazing things each and every day and it is an honor to work on their team!
Travis Hanson, Superintendent