Thanking Our Teachers
When I think back, I can still remember the names of most of my elementary school teachers and some of my junior and senior high school teachers. They made an impression. They impacted my educational experience and taught me some important values by who they were and how they acted.
This month on Sunday, April 28th we will be honoring our religious school teachers. If you look up the definition of teaching, it is basic: to impart knowledge or skill. On a survey defining teaching, people responded:
- great enthusiasm and interest
- teaches you how to teach yourself
- inspires students
- learns as much as they teach
In Wikipedia, a teacher is defined as someone who helps others to acquire knowledge, competencies or values. In Pirke Avot, the sayings of the fathers, it says, “Find yourself a teacher and get yourself a fellow student.”
Think back to your best teachers. Would you like to thank them? The teachers and madrichim here have made a difference in the lives of their students. We look forward to the opportunity to thank them
I am proud to say that all of these definitions hold true for the teaching staff at CBHT. In addition to being wonderful teachers, they are also dedicated teachers, many of whom have been here for many years.
Alcalay has said “Happy the teacher whose pupil thanks him” (her). This doesn’t always happen, but I urge all parents and students to be here on Sunday, April 28th for Teacher Appreciation. While it can and should happen at any time, this will be our formal opportunity to thank the teachers and madrichim for helping their students to acquire knowledge, competencies, and values. Please help us show our teachers and madrichim our appreciation for their efforts and the wonderful results. See you there!
Toby Koritsky, RJE