5/7: Teacher Appreciation Week

Moderated by Maureen Downey

To mark PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, I recall the wonderful teachers in my life and my children’s lives and what they shared in common. (It wasn’t raising test scores.)

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Betty Jean

May 10th, 2012
11:29 am

I remember thinking the same thing–until I became a teacher. MOST of the teachers in my school arrive by 7:15 AM (Some an hour earlier!) and almost NEVER leave until after 5. It is not unusual to work 12 hour days and THEN have to go home and grade papers. As far as 3 month “vacations”. you should know that in our metro district we only get off June and July, often have to attend mandantory staff development sometime during those months and WE ARE NOT PAID FOR THOSE DAYS.

Mr_B

May 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

“In Georgia the average teacher makes around $45,000″

Yes, and in the private sector, someone with an equivalent investment in time and education would be making about 75-90K annually. The benefits decent, but being eroded every day.

SAWB

May 7th, 2012
1:57 pm

Gatree said, “Dekalb Teachers received our token of appreciation from Dr. Atkinson today. A cookie and an apple. We continue to get crumbs.”

While I genuinely appreciate the job teachers do I wonder why they spend so much time complaining about their chosen profession?

In Georgia the average teacher makes around $45,000 while the income for the average citizen is around $25,000 with over 10% of Georgians out of work. I suspect a lot of folks would like the “crumbs” that teachers sneer at.

Bryan G.

May 7th, 2012
1:46 pm

Maybe in appreciation, we could all knock off work at 3 and take 3 months off during the summer.

Marlboro Man

May 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

Join a union, if you want to get ahead — alturnative is crumbs.

Gatree

May 7th, 2012
11:04 am

Dekalb Teachers received our token of appreciation from Dr. Atkinson today. A cookie and an apple. We continue to get crumbs.