I have been in the field of education for over 50 years. I have taught with all kinds of teachers, some caring, empathic, and encouraging and some arrogant and unkind. You find that in all professions. The teachers I remember most are the ones who care about their students and encourage them to excel.

Unfortunately, many students remember (and worse, believe) the teachers who told them they were lazy, were stupid, or would never make it in college.

After possibly the hardest year for students ever in our recent past, please be kind, understanding, patient, firm, and encouraging with them. All of us have been pushed to the limit. Remember what President Theodore Roosevelt said: “People don’t care how much you know until they know that you care.”

Judy Kreag


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