It’s National Teacher/School Employee Appreciation Week! Thank you for all you do!

This week is a celebration of all school employees and their contributions to public education, students, the community and society in general. 

“Each year schools and communities observe Teacher Day/School Family Day with local celebrations that pay tribute to the contributions school employees make to our communities. We at MEA invite you to observe this important date by continuing the traditions of celebratory activities,” said MEA President Steve Cook.

Several days this week are set aside to recognize specific groups of school employees. Tuesday, May 6 is designated Teacher Day/School Family Day and May 7 is National School Nurse Day. 

We asked MEA members to submit their suggestions for ways schools and the public can honor schools employees. Here’s what we heard:

Cathryn Therese, from Walden AGS Fenton Schools said, “I’d like to have people—students, parents, the media—ask candidates for governor if they support teacher retirement and medical coverage; allowing teachers to have their seniority back for jobs within their schools; union rights restored, and do away with taxing teacher retirement. Not just discuss restoring funding to schools. Teachers have taken huge hits while teacher certification requirements continue to demand high levels of education and skill.”

Wendy Pate from Southfield schools said, “I would just like to receive the words, ‘thank you’ from the parents of my students and the students themselves. They should find a way to get themselves together to do it. Even a short personal email from them would be nice. More than anything, a thank you can tell me that they acknowledge not only have we given them all our hard work and attention, but we have also given of our salaries to keep the district from a financial manager. I am not sure they understand the sacrifice—many don’t even know.”

Sandy Stevens, an intervention teacher at McAlear-Sawden Elementary School in Bay City offered this suggestion: “Parents and students can check book bags, wear glasses, return notes, emails and phone calls when teachers try to contact them. Too often we leave a message that never gets returned.”

All week, we’ll be posting more comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages