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Saying Thanks for Teacher Appreciation Week

PHOTO: Parents in New Mexico are encouraged to say thanks to the educators in their children's lives during this week, which is Teacher Appreciation Week. Photo courtesy Norfolk Public Schools.
PHOTO: Parents in New Mexico are encouraged to say thanks to the educators in their children's lives during this week, which is Teacher Appreciation Week. Photo courtesy Norfolk Public Schools.
May 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It can be a demanding job, and the New Mexico Parent-Teacher Association is encouraging parents and the entire community to show some extra gratitude toward the educators in their children's lives during this "Teacher Appreciation Week."

Kim Kerschen, president of the New Mexico PTA, said teachers work hard guiding children - and do so without much financial gain. She said offering a word of praise can go a long way.

"I think as we all know, teachers are not paid nearly as much as they are worth, in most cases," she said. "This is a time to let them know that we understand that, and that we appreciate the time and efforts that they put in."

Kerschen said parents can express their thanks to teachers with a note or card, a plant or flower, or maybe even a gift card, sent with the student to school. She said the PTA also is honoring teachers this week with special events, in some cases arranging a special meal for an entire school staff.

Parents can help educators in a broader sense by being more involved in their children's school life, said Kerschen, a former teacher. She said she has seen parent involvement decline steadily over the years as parents juggle busy lives.

"Research shows over and over that parents that are involved - kids get better grades, they tend to go on to college more frequently," she said. "They're better kids, less involved in drugs, less involved in alcohol, all those things."

Now is an especially good time to show support for teachers, she said, because they are working harder than ever to adapt to the changes brought about by the Common Core state standards, which recently were implemented in New Mexico. The standards are being used to teach most subjects in public schools in more than 40 states.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM