Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Public Thank You

Pin It It’s always nice to be recognized for the efforts you put into something. There’s something liberating about it really. Perhaps it’s in the knowledge that somebody noticed that you were doing something right; that others appreciated the extra efforts you put into a job long after the time clock had said that you could go home.

It’s draining…those days when you come to work and the sun hasn’t yet risen, and has long since set by the time you stagger out to the parking lot. In fact, there have been days that I felt so exhausted that I have been reminded of Bilbo Baggins when he said that he felt like butter scraped over too much bread.

However, there are moments that give me the shot of adrenaline that I need to make it through another day. It’s in the card that Joey made for me, it’s in the hug that Becky insists on giving me each day when everybody else is leaving and getting high fives, it’s in the ‘secret’ note left on my desk that one of my students tried to surreptitiously leave, but I know they wanted to be seen because they lingered just a bit too long. It comes in the smile and the thankful words of a parent who glowingly reports of a child who loves to come to school each day. It happens when I pull out my guitar and my class gets excited as I draw my fingers across the steel strings, and we join our voices together as one.

In fact, the desire to keep on keeping on comes from all of these—and a thousand other—moments which compose a lifetime.

However, every once and again the appreciation comes in a different form. It comes in a way that you least expected, and one you don’t ever truly feel that you rightly deserve.


I wanted to publicly thank the parents and students of Amelia Earhart Elementary for the honor of being chosen as this year’s Golden Apple Teacher, though a dozen other teachers could have received—and rightly so—this honor. Words can never truly express the how I feel. Thank you for entrusting me with the education of your children…and for noticing all the little efforts along the way.

25 comments:

Rachel said...

Little efforts? You don't do 'little' efforts which is why you won this award and rightly so.

Congratulations!!!

Kimberly said...

Wow! What a great way to be recognized! Congratulations!!!

Brooke said...

Much deserved and I'm so thankful our son and our family have benefited from your endless dedication. Congratulations!

Mindy said...

Congratulations on a well-deserved honor. Both your school and your students are lucky to have someone who serves with such dedication and compassion. I'm glad you were publicly recognized for all the big (and little) things that are just part and parcel of being the fantastic teacher you are.

Kudos Mr. Z.

Take a bow.

Fun With Ali and Hayden! said...

That is seriously awesome... Congrats.... You are obviously well deserving...

Fun With Ali and Hayden! said...

That is seriously awesome... Congrats.... You are obviously well deserving...

Fun With Ali and Hayden! said...

That is seriously awesome... Congrats.... You are obviously well deserving...

Fun With Ali and Hayden! said...
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Mark said...

Yay, You! Congrats!

Richard & Natalie said...

Congrats, TF. It's nice to see dedication and going the extra mile rewarded.

Gerb said...

You rock! What a well-deserved honor. Own it, T5!

ashleestout said...
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ashleestout said...

Jason, this is totally awesome! Congratulations my friend, congratulations. Wish I could have been there to give you a standing ovation!!!!! What a blessing to have you as a teacher! You are a blessing to so many!!!!

Mamma has spoken said...

Congrats! Proof that you are one of the good apples that are out there!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I for one am not surprised, I wouldn't be surprised if you had a mantle full... and, yes, the hug from a student can be more or just as rewarding as that plaque.. I choose the hug....:-)
btw, the 'color' in the water drop is the sky!. amazing huh?

Linn said...
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mCat said...

Congratulations! Although, I'm not surprised. You just that special knack with kids and teaching. Truly one of the great ones : )

Stacey said...

Congratulations! What an honor!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

We all need an atta boy now and then. Congrats Mr. Z.

♥Miya said...

Why does this not surprise me? I wish I'd had teachers as hard working and dedicated as you are! "Little efforts"... don't make us laugh! :)

MG Atwood said...

that is a huge honor. Congrats, and may it fuel you onward and upward for many years to come! Hope Joey is happy.

Kara said...

Nicely done, Mr. Z, way to represent good teachers everywhere!

wendy said...

YAY....GOOD JOB!! And I am not at all surprised.
some people in life are able to take their JOB,....and turn it into more of a calling of sorts.
despite the hardships
and disappointments
they/YOU know, the reason is worth more then the effort sometimes.
As my son always says (after having served a mission in New Zealand)
GOOD ON YA MATE

tammy said...

That is very cool. I've never been in your classroom, but I don't need to see you teach to know you are very deserving of it.

Connie said...

Oh my goodness! That is awesome! Teachers don't get that award by just showing up to work! You're the best, Mr. Z!

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