Every now and again, I find myself looking back, and thinking about the different directions my life could have taken. When I do, at those points where I found my life at a crossroads, there was always someone there to gently nudge me in the right direction, to calm my fears, and to inspire me to reach beyond what I could see. And inevitably, that “someone” was a teacher.
I’m writing this on National Teacher Appreciation Day, and I want our teachers to know that today, and every day, that you are at the heart of what gives my work meaning. Your passion, your hard work, your dedication, and your belief in our children are the foundations upon which our success is built. Yes, it takes the hard work of an enormous number of people to make this district function, but at the core, all of the rest of us depend upon you, our teachers, for our success.
On behalf of the Board of Education, the more than 3,000 employees of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and our community, I want to say “Thank you!” from the bottom of my heart. Please know that today and every day, I appreciate the work that you do, and the difference that you make in the lives of our students.