Take time to thank a teacher who has made a difference

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Typically in my monthly column, I address legal issues or current topics in the legal field, but, with your indulgence, I am going to deviate slightly this month.

In case you did not know, this is National Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a week when we are to give thanks to those who give so much.

Having a child about to finish kindergarten, I have come to truly realize the sacrifices that teachers make every day. You would think I would have really caught on to that before now since my wife my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are teachers. It takes me a while sometimes, but I finally do learn. Also, in my job as a juvenile prosecutor and in working with neglected and abused children, I see the importance of teachers in the lives of the youth of our community every day.

Watching my son go through his first year of school and seeing all that his teachers do for him, I am reminded of all of the things my teachers did for me. The funny thing is what I remember the most had nothing to do with the substantive topics being taught.

I may not be able to remember the date the Magna Carta was signed, but I can tell you that according to Mrs. Vonnahme, “can’t is a word that should never be in your vocabulary.”

I definitely cannot show you how to find the length of an arc of a circle with a certain radius, but I know that Mrs. Woods would always show you that no matter what you were learning, it could be fun. 

I certainly may not be smarter than a fifth-grader sometimes, but I know that my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kelley, would tell you that “you can catch more bees with honey than you can with vinegar.” 

I could continue on and on with the different ways that my teachers have inspired me, and if the newspaper would give me the space, I would list each one.

The point is that teachers touch the lives of our children every day. To many, they are another set of parents at school. It is definitely not out of the ordinary to walk down the halls of Kathryn Winn Primary to see a teacher fixing a little girl’s hair because her parents may not have done so. It is nothing to hear of a teacher buying a new pair of shoes for a child to replace shoes too many holes in them to be worn outside during the winter time.

Teachers go above and beyond the call of duty every day in nurturing, providing for and loving the children of Carroll County. For that, I think we all owe them a huge “thank you.”

 None of us would be where we are today without a teacher helping to get us there.

As County Attorney, I want to personally say “thank you” to all of the teachers in Carroll County. In my job, I see the amazing things you are doing every day. As a parent, I want to say “thank you” for caring for my child and his friends while they are in your care.

Finally, as a graduate of Carroll County Schools, I want to say “thank you” for helping to make me who I am today. I would encourage everyone to take the time this week and remember a teacher that has touched your life or is working with your child, and give a simple word of thanks.