As Teacher Appreciation Week draws to a close, one Mississippi school director says teachers deserve more than just one week of recognition.
William Sutton, the Post Graduate Transition Director at New Summit School, said this week has been a blast for them.
“I call our teachers the dream-weavers, the hope-makers, and they are the ones who express empathy for an entire classroom of students with different backgrounds to encourage them to go further and to push them to learn more,” said Sutton. “Even when the teachers themselves may be tired or the students may be tired, it’s their responsibility to carry them to that next level, so I think it’s great we recognize teachers during teacher week, but I think we need to recognize teachers every day for what they do.”
Sutton said that the students, parents, and staff have provided for the teachers.
“Our parents provided a coffee bar for break time, the parents and administrators teamed up together to give our teachers a break for breakfast, and the students wrote notes thanking them for what they’ve done inside the classroom and how they’ve helped them and inspired them,” said Sutton. “It has been a really sweet week and teachers have received recognition from our students in the cafeteria, in the hallways and in the gym.”
Sutton added that one of their teachers was just recognized by the school for receiving her Masters in Teaching Degree and they used that as an example to show the students that learning truly is lifelong and their teachers set examples for that.