Teacher Appreciation

Hi everyone,

Tonight in Springfield is the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet. I don’t know what the attendance will be but it’s generally in the 850-1,000 range. It was my idea, twenty-three years ago, to have a banquet each year to remind teachers how much they are appreciated, provide the community with an opportunity to meet and celebrate their teachers, and demonstrate to students that teachers are highly respected. I helped run the banquet for the first seven years. Nancy Graff, her staff, and I formed the core team and we reached out to as many others as we needed. I haven’t played a role for a long time but I almost never miss the event. I even have a special tie that I only wear once a year to the Teachers Appreciation Banquet.

Each year at the banquet a teacher of the year is announced from among five finalists. For many years I used to sit on the committee that interviewed all nominees and selected the five finalists. Tonight one of the five finalists for Teacher of the Year teaches at David Harrison Elementary School so I have an extra incentive to be there! Way to go, Kevin Zimmerman!

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8 comments on “Teacher Appreciation

  1. As a former teacher, I thank you for your work in recognizing the usually overlooked (unless to be critical) profession of teaching. It looks like a grand celebration!

    • Jane, I sit out in the audience each year taking secret pride in my role during the early years. I doubt that many are left who know the back story but it doesn’t matter. It’s a cool party and I’m delighted that after all these years it endures.

  2. Thanks for providing the history. It’s so easy to be captured by the world and let other important events fly by without the needed attention. What a gift Mr. Zimmerman is providing to students, parents, other staff, and the community. Congratulations for a job well done to both of you.

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