Stores are full of notebooks, pens, crayons and folders, all on sale. It’s the season for new shoes, haircuts, lunch money and bus schedules.
And it’s time for visits to the doctor, optometrist and dentist. Checkups are always a good thing. Most of the time, they just confirm that all is well.
But if there are any problems with medical, vision or dental issues, it’s good to catch them early so they can be addressed.
Teachers – who are already the superheroes of our community, nation and world – once again fill an important role in this area. No, they don’t wear white lab coats or work at a clinic or hospital, but still…
As “doctors,” they care for young minds, hearts and spirits in so many positive ways. They nurture self-esteem, building confidence as children learn. They encourage healthy behaviors and guide their students as they grow, not only academically but also socially and emotionally.
As “optometrists,” they see the promise within each child – and help children to see a world of potential for their own futures. When teachers speak those powerful words – “I believe in you, and I know you can do it” – suddenly the child believes achievement is possible. Teachers see, and share, their vision of success for every student.
As “dentists,” teachers offer smiles that brighten the classroom … and brighten the heart of a child who realizes that the classroom is a safe and joyful place to be, that the teacher is happy to see them, and that they matter. Teachers give children a reason to smile as they grow in knowledge and confidence.
From preschool through high school – and beyond – teachers provide care that goes far beyond the limitations of medical, vision and dental realms. They heal broken hearts and wounded spirits. They strengthen comprehension skills. They help students find their voices and learn to speak and advocate for themselves and for others.
As families and our community prepare for “Back to School 2022,” let’s take a moment to appreciate our wonderful teachers who are so dedicated to caring for our children … in every way.