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Teacher Appreciation Week, and in Georgia, we’re celebrating Teacher
Appreciation Month! See below for a special letter from State School
Superintendent Richard Woods to teachers. To “shout from the rooftops” about a
teacher who changed your life, use #ThankATeacherGA, and look out for
special posts from GaDOE all month.
will never forget the teachers who changed my life.
carry them with me every day: my fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Michaels, who drove
me home from school every day; Mrs. Phillips, who wrote a letter to encourage
me when my family moved away; and Mr. Hudson, who sparked in me a love of art
that enriches my life to this day and guides my thinking in my current role.
them now are memories of Mrs. Linda Roberts, who worked across from me when I
first started teaching, and all the other phenomenal educators who have
encouraged me in my own life as an educator
changed my life, teaching shaped my life, and I want to spend the rest of my
life honoring and making things better for Georgia’s teachers.
means, first and foremost, making decisions that allow you to teach – to
do what you know how to do, without unnecessary, burdensome bureaucratic
interference. I’ve tried to do that in my time leading the Department of
Education, from getting rid of the one-size-fits-all requirements around
teacher observations to reducing standardized testing.
it means ensuring that you have a voice – that your opinion and experience is
valued and respected by state leaders. I’ve tried to do that by asking
you to speak to the issues affecting teacher retention, inviting you to the
table to help
create Georgia’s ESSA plan, ensuring that committees of Georgia teachers
are writing the Georgia Standards of Excellence, and meeting regularly with a teacher-led
Teacher Advisory Council. I have met and spoken with many of you on my travels
throughout the state, and hope to meet many more of you in the years to come.
sign this letter “State School Superintendent,” but there’s another title that
means much more to me. I will always be a teacher at heart, and each day I’m
trying to do the right thing by you – my colleagues – and the kids we serve.
could not be more grateful for the lives you are shaping, the sacrifices you’ve
made and the doors you’re swinging wide open in the lives of our youngest
the bottom of my heart – thank you.
Superintendent of Schools