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Appreciate teachers

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, when we honor teachers across the nation.

Teachers have a direct and enduring impact on the lives of our children. Teachers nurture and inspire our youngsters, sometimes under the most challenging economic and environmental conditions. Educators impart knowledge and essential life skills such as critical thinking, creativity, conflict resolution and cooperation.

There’s another “C” that today’s educators are increasingly committed to teach – cultural understanding.

As the world becomes ever more globalized, our children need to understand different cultures and learn to respect people of diverse backgrounds. By working with international exchange students, teachers help expose all our students to the richness of the world’s cultures.

By encouraging U.S. students to study abroad – many on scholarships – they help provide our young people experiences and skills that last a lifetime. If it weren’t for our dedicated teachers and high schools, our children would not benefit from such rich and rewarding experiences.

That’s why we celebrate teachers here at AFS-USA, a nonprofit international education organization that works with high school educators to bring intercultural learning experiences into their schools.

Please participate in Teacher Appreciation Week by thanking and celebrating these heroes in northern Illinois. Remember, the hardworking substitute teachers and sports coaches, too. They all have a hand in our children’s future.

So, this is my personal thanks to all of our excellent high schools, administrators and teachers, past and present. Well done.

Becky Deignan


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