Since 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association has designated the first full week in May as “Teacher Appreciation Week.”
We know here at AFT NM it is more than just the teacher who helps to create a positive environment in our public schools – it is the educational assistants, support personnel, nurses, transportation, councilors, facilities personnel, secretaries, and cafeteria workers who all lend a hand to our students’ successful learning.
We also know that successful students’ education begins with our earliest learners even before public school and continues through higher education, and eventually will lead to a lifelong career.
Every educator contributes to the successes of our students, and no so-called reforms or top-down mandates can ever replace the role you play in our students’ lives and academic journey. The work you do matters and cannot be overstated, and we will continue to support you in every way that we can.
For all of the educators who play a part – we say “THANK YOU!”
Each educator’s hard work deserves to be recognized and honored, not only this week, but throughout the year. We hope that your week has been filled with many parents and students saying “Thank You!”