Here in Maryland, we may not be faced with the same challenges peers across the country face, but educators still have an uphill battle every day. While ensuring the basics, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic are taught, we also have to contend with the unique challenges that face our students. We deal with students suffering from food insecurity, housing instability, and the soul crushing trauma of communal violence. It is difficult to expect students to learn music theory, or career and technical skills when a close loved one of theirs was a victim of violence. It is nearly impossible to get a student to focus on sounding out phonics when they are not certain they will have lights to read under when they go home.
Regardless of the national chatter around education, we commit to our students each day and they return that energy to us in a special bond that only a teacher and student know. No matter what those who have not walked in our shoes may say, know that on behalf of an entire state federation, I am proud to be a teacher and walk side by side with you in solidarity.
Thank you for all that you do, and Happy Teachers Appreciation Week!
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