I want to thank the teachers in my boys’ lives who regularly go above and beyond their duties. Thank you to the music teacher who learned the Star Wars Imperial March to put a smile on my child’s face. Thank you to the kindergarten teacher who nurtured my boy’s sense of wonder by raising salmon fry, chicks and butterflies in the class room. Thank you to the Grade 1 teacher who encouraged my son’s love of soccer, drawing and crafts and for finding ways for a discouraged boy to learn to read.
I am thankful that we have teachers who will give up their pay cheques for the belief that our children deserve the best education we can offer. If children continue to pay the price today due to inadequate support in the class room, society will pay the price in the future.
A strong and supported public education system is the backbone of our society.
Teachers, you have my admiration and my wholehearted support.