They do the job for the love of it

In his March 30 entry, “Great teachers have a great impact,” Dale Hansen, political blogger for the Detroit News, recognizes the impact great teachers have on everyone’s lives—from students, to colleagues, and to the community as a whole.

But, as he points out, “Unfortunately, for many teachers, students often don’t recognize and appreciate how important a particular teacher was in their lives until they are much older. . .those teachers are often unaware of how influential they were.”

As examples, he pays homage to two southeast Michigan teachers who recently passed away and how the reaction from their students and the community show just how great those educators were.

Lesson learned?

For teachers: Despite all the criticism and blame you tolerate, know that you make a difference in the life of someone every day.

For the rest of the world: Take the time today to thank a teacher.