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Teacher Appreciation Week Comes at Just the Right Time

May 7, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - How to show educators how much they mean during this Teacher Appreciation Week? Sharon Morgan, president of National Education Association-New Mexico, has a few suggestions.

A simple "Thank you!" can go a long way for a teacher who devotes countless hours--and often his or her own dollars--to the job, she says.

"What I always liked was just a parent sending a thank-you note or a student sending a note saying 'Thank you for what you've done for me, you've made a difference in my life.' That means so much to our teachers."

Other ways to show appreciation could be to donate supplies, books or sports equipment, she suggests, or by volunteering in the classroom. Although the state began to show teachers more appreciation by giving salary increases a few years ago, those efforts seem to have stalled this year, Morgan adds.

"Certainly, a 2-percent salary increase for certified employees--and that includes our teachers--is absolutely unacceptable, with the inflation going on right now. Teachers are not feeling very appreciated financially."

Ultimately, Morgan believes, the most important thank-you would be to help ensure sufficient funding for public education.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM