From the Superintendent: Celebrating Your Dedication During Teacher Appreciation Week

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Colleagues:

On this first day of Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to lift up the more than 3,300 dedicated souls who have committed themselves to the profession and passion of teaching -- and who have chosen to practice their art and craft in Saint Paul.

Our students reap the benefits of this dedication, as we are especially reminded during graduation season. In the coming weeks almost 2,500 students will walk across a Saint Paul stage to receive a diploma. The majority of them will have spent 13 years in our schools, learning from our remarkable teachers.

In a few weeks our honors graduates -- those with the highest GPA at each school -- will attend the Celebration of Excellence. Each graduate will name a favorite teacher, who will be in the audience.

This is a very public appreciation, affecting only a handful of teachers. For the rest of you, the opportunities for recognition and thanks are far too few and far between. And yet every day you make breakthroughs.

Every day you offer words of kindness or encouragement to students who may have no other source for them.

Every day you ask for and expect the best your students can give.

Every day I wish I could be in the schools to see you interact with your students. Nothing makes me happier, and nothing makes me more hopeful for the future of our schools.

You are talented and strong. And you are very much appreciated. Enjoy your week.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva