Last week, May 7-14, was Teacher Appreciation Week.


The United States Department of Education urged the public to take to Facebook and Twitter to thank a teacher who has made a difference in their lives.


I’d like to contribute to that effort.

Last week, May 7-14, was Teacher Appreciation Week.


The United States Department of Education urged the public to take to Facebook and Twitter to thank a teacher who has made a difference in their lives.


I’d like to contribute to that effort. There are many teachers who have made a difference in my life. Teachers I had during the many years I was a student, teachers I worked with as a school librarian and teachers I have known as friends and acquaintances throughout my life. To each of them I can never show enough appreciation for the difference they have made in my life ... some in a very special way!


Currently, there are three people in my life, who never taught me in a classroom but who have shown me what it is to be an educator. I have seen in each of them the patience, the love, understanding, perseverance, caring , sharing and the “so much more” that it takes to be a teacher today.


To my own children, each of whom have taught at least 20 years in various positions and to countless others like them, I want to say thank you! You deserve all of the admiration, the respect, the appreciation and the pride I have in you and what you have chosen as your lifetime career.


You do make a difference.


Marian Crawford, Wayland