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Teachers make many sacrifices for their students

I was raised by a second-grade teacher who retired after over 30 years of dedicated service.  

My mother spent recess breaks and her lunch hours inside the classroom either helping those who needed extra help, or babysitting those who were disruptive during class.

Every week my mother spent hours, at home, correcting school work, and spent an enormous amount of time on weekends writing letters to parents and preparing lesson plans for the following week.

She also prepared report cards with narratives for each and every child regarding their attributes and their challenges, all in a constructive manner, and all on her own time.

She also spent her own money to ensure the children in her class would have the basic necessities to thrive when the state cut them off, and she did it for a whole lot less than some people earn without college educations. 

For 30 years my mother seldom took a break, never went out to lunch and couldn’t “hob nob” at the water cooler like the rest of the workforce. In closing, when asked “What are you looking most forward to in retirement?” Her reply … “I can go to the bathroom whenever I want.” Only a teacher can truly appreciate her response.  

Laura Gross

Nevada City

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