Today is, was National Teacher Appreciation Day. I'm a little late, but want to share my appreciation, respect, and admiration for what our teachers do everyday. As I reflect on the day that was spent in bargaining with our teachers I am upset with myself for not acknowledging the significance of the day by openly sharing my appreciation with them. I ask myself how could that happen? Though I have no excuses, I believe that it was partly due to being caught up in the process of working to maintain a collaborative effort while discussing sometimes difficult issues.
I feel good about the day, but find myself going back to a comment on a blog post last week from Jonathan where he shared his hope for the district bargaining team during these negotiations.
My sincere hope is that the district bargaining committee will recognize our efforts and put forth a contract offer that recognizes and respects our hard work and dedication to the Tahoma way.
As we work to complete this process it is my hope that our language, behavior, and response to issues conveys our appreciation for the work that our teachers do.
THANK YOU TEACHERS!