Monday, May 3, 2010

Classroom heroes

Okay, I was going to go off on a rant today about my experience in civil court this afternoon - but it will have to wait for another day because I came across something much more positive to write about.

Earlier this evening my wife and I attended the Annual Spring Banquet for the Congress of Houston Teachers, a teacher organization for which I have done some legal work over the years. The food, of course, was nothing special -- but that's not why you attend these shindigs anyway. The focus of the evening is recognizing retiring teachers, building representatives and teacher and student scholarship winners.

Tonight the CHT honored eight educators who are leaving the profession at the end of this school year. Of those eight, five (if I remember correctly) have been in the classroom for over 30 years. Just mull that over in your brain for a second or three.

Just think of the number of lives those teachers have touched over the past three decades. Think of the dedication these professionals have shown by working long hours for little pay and recognition. Think of the joy and satisfaction they must derive from their work.

These are the men and women who should be our children's role models -- not actors, athletes or celebrities. For without the hard work and dedication of these teachers, none of us would be where we are today.

So, to everyone who walks into that classroom everyday armed and ready to face the youth of our nation, thanks.

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