Rodríguez: Why teachers matter so much
Dear Roaring Fork Schools teachers: This is Teacher Appreciation Week and each one of you deserves all the accolades in the world. Though every single member of our Roaring Fork School District family is important, next week provides a special opportunity for all of us to express the innumerable reasons why we are grateful for the special people who work so hard and passionately to educate our students: Our teachers.
Some of you have heard my story about how fortunate I was to have a teacher and mentor who I often credit for changing the trajectory of my life. Thanks to him, I enrolled in college. At that point, I recognized that he had already significantly impacted my life, and I wanted to have that same kind of impact on the lives of others.
It is because of him that I became a teacher. I have been lucky to be a student of countless educators who have positively impacted my life.
I am confident that you each have at least one teacher who left a lasting impression on you, and if you’re anything like me, you have way more than just one. I also know that each of you are making a difference in the lives of our students in the Roaring Fork Schools every single day.
In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, on behalf of the Board of Education and Executive Leadership Team, I want to thank our teachers for all you do for our students. We cannot fulfill our mission without you.
Jesús G. Rodríguez
Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent