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7/7/2019

Independence Day with the Teacher of the Year

This T.O.Y position afforded me the privilege of being a part of both the Bel Air and Havre de Grace Fourth of July parades this past week.  I’m not the biggest fan of individualized attention, and I was pretty nervous for the events.  I have to say, though, that this was one of the coolest things that I have ever done.  I didn’t expect the reflective and emotional response that it provided.  In Bel Air, I got to see a ton of my former students, standing on the sidelines with their own spouses and children, looking grown and well and happy; waving with both hands and screaming my name in a show of appreciation I could not even imagine. In Havre de Grace I was greeted by many of my colleagues and current students who seemed so proud that I could represent them in such a special way.  Don’t even get me started on the swell of pride that I had walking behind our HHS marching band.  I’ll always have my kids’ backs, even in a parade; all while my own little family was nestled in their red, white and blue outfits with dazzling smiles in the car behind me.   It was too much symbolism for even this English teacher to handle.    
My favorite parade-goer was a woman at the Bel Air parade.  I must quote her, because it was all just too perfect not to.  Upon seeing my car coming, this was overheard, “Now who is this?  Teacher of the Year!  I’m gonna clap my hardest for you honey, and all your teacher friends, because I know y’all are working your tails off and GETTING IT DONE!”
Coming out of my parade experiences, I am sure of one thing; EVERY SINGLE teacher should have the opportunity to walk down a street and hear loved ones and perfect strangers, young and old, shout at them “Yay Teachers!”  Our profession is loved and respected; our hard work recognized and celebrated by most.  It’s a most important part of our job to show the naysayers what everyone else already knows. 
Never doubt that our hard work is noticed and appreciated by the people who count the most; and for those who don’t know, it looks like we have a lot more work to do.  To all my teacher friends, LET’S GET THIS DONE!