Thanking the educators in my life


“Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity.  I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need.  Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have.” – Sallie Jiko Tisdale, “As If There is Nothing to Lose”

Thanksgiving Day 2013

While there is much for which I am thankful, I wish to use this space to express my gratitude to the educators in my life.

1.) My co-teachers and Emily, my student teacher.

I appreciate Mrs. H’s maternal touch, humor and life lessons. Yesterday she showed me how to cut a turnip with a pair of scissors.  She is a strong, resilient woman.

I am grateful for Mrs. S’s energy, specifically her efficiency and proactiveness. She possesses common sense, which is sorely lacking in our city and state education departments.  She should manage our schools.

Ms. C, thank you for making your classroom a home for me. Together we build community and inspire our 5th graders through social justice-themed lessons.  Your room, where freedom of thought and expression are cultivated, is a safe place for our students.

My student teacher, Emily, is a fountain of knowledge. She has taught me much about nature and gardening in NYC. She also knows how to organize students for group photographs, which came in handy on picture day. Our students are drawn to her patience and gentle demeanor.

2.) My principal, Mrs. T, trusts me.  Even though we work in a top-down environment, she gives me space to teach content my way.

3.) I have grown personally and professionally through my new Tomki Center friends. They are amazing human beings: thoughtful, sensitive, and intelligent.

4.) A big thank you to the many tireless education activists I have connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.  You motivate and inspire me.  Here in NYC, I am grateful to have joined forces with the MORE Caucus members and their allies.

In solidarity,



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