It may sound cheesy, but my favorite teachers growing up were my parents. Both of my parents work at the private school in Ellisville I attended from preschool through eighth grade. My mom is a second grade teacher and my dad is the P.E. teacher and athletic director.
I may not have had my mom in class, but trust me, she helped me out a lot. Dad is a different story. Some people have asked me, “Payton, did it totally suck to have your dad be your P.E. teacher for most of your life?” My answer is still, "no." If I had the chance to go back and get a different teacher, I wouldn’t. He got to watch me grow and become the person I am today. I think that’s pretty cool.
Contrary to popular beliefs, I can wholeheartedly say it does not suck being a “teacher’s kid”. If anything, it has made me a lot more grateful for the teachers we have, and helps me appreciate all the unseen hours of hard work teacher put in before and after the official school day.
With this being said, I believe that we do not show enough appreciation for our teachers since we do not know everything they do for us beyond those minutes we spend with them. I think this is leading to a teacher shortage in our nation.
Teachers are tired from all those extra hours of work, but half the time all students do in class is complain. In fact, teachers have later nights and earlier mornings than most of us do. They do not want to work those long hours if we do not put forward the same effort that they do. Why would they?
So, the next time you feel tired after your late soccer game and don't want to put forth the effort in class, stop complaining, and think about your teachers. They are tired, too. They put in long hours for your success. Meet them halfway. Put forth the effort and take the time to say "thank you" for all that they do.