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Tuesday, May 3rd, will be celebrated as Teachers Day. Teachers are a vital part of the advancement and productivity of societies. In conjunction with parents, they are the framers who shape the lives of children and adults in higher learning across all spectrums of life. On average, teachers wear several hats. They were responsible for imparting and educating children and adults to achieve efficiency in life’s skills. They also act as social workers, counselors, friends, and even surrogates, filling the gaps needed to ensure economic and societal feasibility. Yes, emotionally vested teachers advance society and add to these dynamics of who we are as a whole by going beyond expectations.

On a personal level, a teacher at my elementary school laid the foundation for me to believe I had a voice and could do whatever I set out to do. I recalled as an eight-year-old with a curiosity and thirst for self-expression through poetry and storytelling. This particular teacher, Mrs. Campbell, took an extra interest in me. I recall vividly Mrs. Campbell giving me colored construction papers and ribbon to create my book of poetry. I cut the pieces of construction paper down to average book size and used the ribbon as a binder, holding the pages together. On presenting my finished work to her, she celebrated my efforts with an acknowledgment in front of my classmates. I recalled how glowingly she spoke of me and encouraged my classmates to follow their dreams by starting at where they were and using whatever was available. She discovered where my heart was at, and on moving to another grade, she gifted me a Bible; I was over the moon on receiving her gift. As young as I was, it was less about what she gave me and more about validating me and letting me know someone not only saw me, they heard me, and that stayed with me.

Putting May 3th aside commemorating Teachers is wonderful, but it should go beyond a day and be every day. Their due worth and respect are notable and invaluable, for society would be at a disadvantage beyond our comprehension without the contributions of teachers. Thanks to Teachers everywhere for your input and impact on securing communities globally; we appreciate what you do.  

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