I have blogged several times in the past about World Teachers’ Day — discussed teacher kindness, acknowledged the important role they occupy in our society, and in one post, I spent some time reflecting on a few of the teachers who made an indelible impression on me as a student and as a person.
In today’s post, I want to particularly recognize the efforts of our teachers here in Saanich. There has never been a start to a school year like we have had this past September. Our world has been jolted into a new reality with COVID-19 — from new health protocols, to economic collapses, to a host of local impacts in one form or another. And through it all, our teachers have been there every step of the way — supporting students, their families and our community.
And even though we’ve only been in session for about 4 weeks, I have been able to visit almost all of our schools to see how things are going. The teachers I’ve chatted with are extremely excited to be with their students again. And while there is a certain anxiousness with the unknown that COVID-19 presents to all of us, our teachers have embraced the opportunity of reconnecting with their students and providing them with the joys of learning, relationships and hope. They are in their classrooms, in the hallways and in the playgrounds interacting with their students — providing them with that rich learning environment that children need to thrive.
We’ve identified early on this year, that the most important part of this year isn’t really the academics. It’s not spelling, times tables or the Periodic Table. It’s really about the connections we make with our students. And at the heart of that are teachers.
So, thank you Saanich Schools teachers — and administrators, support staff and district staff. It is because of YOU that our students thrive and are excited to be back with you. I’ve seen it on our students’ faces when they see you in school.
There is no better profession in the world than teaching. And we are lucky to have some of the best teachers anywhere.