Journey of a Superintendent: Celebrating Our Teachers

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

– Cynthia Ozick

We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May, but teachers, and those who dedicate their lives to education, deserve our thanks, praise, and recognition every day of the year.

Dr. Cynthia Lane Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Dr. Cynthia Lane
Superintendent of the
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Still, it is fitting that we recognize our teachers during early May. This time of year, schools celebrate the accomplishments of the year, prepare students to be on-track for the next level, and send graduates off to college and/or to begin their careers. Teacher Appreciation Week reminds us not to take for granted the very individuals who empower us to learn, to grow, and to stretch our limits so that we can accomplish more than we ever thought possible.

In the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, we are fortunate to have extraordinary teachers who work tirelessly each and every day to ensure our kids have the best education possible, providing them the tools they need for a successful future. Our teachers take on any learning need. If a young child needs to learn things as basic as putting on their clothes, blowing their nose, or making it to the bathroom on time, our teachers are all over it!

Our teachers open our kids’ minds to becoming readers and writers, problem solvers, strategic thinkers, and scientific explorers. Our teachers inspire students, through academic preparation and hard work, to become doctors, lawyers, mechanics, engineers, health care providers, nurses, construction workers, athletes, musicians, debaters, artists, actors, and entrepreneurs.

Our teachers ensure students master complicated mathematical processes, develop skills as writers, and provide opportunities for students to discover the power of oration.  Our teachers create pathways for students to see themselves as college and career ready, and to understand what it takes to succeed. And each and every day, our teachers give their time, talent, and spend their own resources, to ensure obstacles are overcome.

Gratitude is the least we can offer to our teachers, who literally change lives each and every day. Thank you, KCKPS Educators! We believe in and value all you do.

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