This might be the most practical and most fun opportunity of our Tuesday/Friday Timothy Devotionals yet. We’ve been doing a lot of this already, but now is the time to really ramp up our collective efforts to say “thank you” to our teachers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2.
Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner! May 4 is the official launch of this nationwide week of celebrating our teachers. It’s unfortunate that the year our teachers deserve the most gratitude is the same year that we can’t be with them in person. Luke 6:40 says that “…everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” The Bible also says “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6. In an ordinary school year, our teachers are with our kids more than we are. My wife, Julie, and I have always coveted the role and the influence of Christian school teachers. We are eternally grateful.
Parents everywhere count on teachers for many things. Yes, they teach all of the coursework that our children must learn. Of course they deliver instruction, promote and foster learning, grade assignments, take attendance, provide supervision, and participate in professional development. They also tie shoes, clean up scuffed knees from falls on the playground, wipe tears, zip up coats, and wrap scarves. They give advice, sacrifice lunch periods to help students, attend student ballgames and programs, and often come early to work or stay late to help kids. Teachers break up scuffles at recess (usually boys are the culprits), remind our kids to share, expect kindness, send encouraging notes, and challenge students to be their best and their most. They help students in college decisions, inspire students to grow, model virtuous behavior, and help students navigate the pressures of life. Teachers have meetings, they plan, they frequently collaborate, and they put up with often unreasonable and demanding Superintendents who have been out of the classroom too long. I could go on-and-on…but now let’s add teaching remotely during a worldwide pandemic to the list.
At Timothy Christian Schools, our teachers even Go Beyond what I’ve stated above. Our teachers also bring the love of Jesus into our homes everyday. We have always partnered closely with the home. In an era when too many parents in America feel at arms-length from their school, Timothy takes great pride in this critical partnership. After all, our youth can’t achieve optimal success without this partnership. Timothy teachers deliver a Christ-centered and Biblically-rooted education in a time when our youth are facing fear, discouragement, and disappointment. Secular encouragement and feel-good mottos of “we can do this together” ultimately fall short and only bring a temporary sense of hope and relief. Worldly and Christless solutions and advice simply can’t combat the intensity of the pressures on our young people right now. John 15:5. Only the promises of God can do that, and that is the victorious foundation of every Timothy teacher. Can you imagine being without Christian school teachers right now?
As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches in a week-and-a-half, brainstorm some ways with your family, or even coordinate with friends and classmates, on how you can bless our teachers. Proverbs 3:27 I could give you some ideas of my own, but my hunch is that you will come up with a better plan. Notes, cards, calls, gifts (if you are able), videos—get creative! But we have a week-and-a-half to prepare for the big launch! This will be a grassroots effort from the families that make up Timothy Christian Schools. Above all, pray as a family for our teachers and your teacher(s) specifically. Prayer changes things.