EDITOR NOTE: The following letter was submitted by McDuffie School Superintendent Jim LeBrun. Mr. LeBrun said he also sent the letter to all teachers in the school system on May 4.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of our teachers and parapros during National Teacher Appreciation Week. This week, May 3-7, has been set aside to recognize our profession and the many sacrifices you have made during your career to help our children.
It has been said before, "To teach is to touch the life of a child forever..." Teachers have such influence over future generations through the lives they touch each and every day. We must never lose site of that special gift. We must always strive to be positive influences and not negative.
We must remember that these children, young and old, depend on us to be the one constant which they can rely upon during unstable times and overwhelming obstacles. Teachers can help others overcome tremendous hurdles or we can be a further hindrance to a young person's path to success.
I have seen you in action. I have witnessed your efforts. I know your work. I am proud of what I see in McDuffie County. We have excellent teachers who strive to place the needs of their students first. Many of you will not accept failure and will seek out alternative ways to reach your students.
You will not merely teach. But, you will re-teach the objective in a different manner utilizing another domain and an alternative method of assessment. You walk the talk and refuse to give up on your students. You will not sit back and allow a high percentage of failure. Because you realize that every student who fails is also a failure on our part.
I commend you and your peers for the profession that you have chosen. This has indeed been a difficult year for those of us in education. We continue to receive assaults from our state governing officials. We continue to experience never before seen budget reductions.
We continue to face immense challenges, and yet we persevere. Because our cause is more powerful than any government official, political party, economic crisis or personal agenda. We do what we do because of the children.
For that, I tell you that YOU ARE APPRECIATED.