Did you know this week is Teacher Appreciation Week? I’m sure we all fondly remember at least one teacher who made a big impact on our lives. For me it was my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Albreicht. She was not only a teacher, but a mentor, coach and friend.
As part of our commitment to education and our community, IWCO Direct has helped support the Eastern Carver County Teacher of the Year Award for the past two years. Other participating companies include KleinBank, Rick Ford with Community Insurance Advisors, Clarity Solutions Group and the District 112 Foundation.
We would like to applaud this year’s recipient, Candice Gallipo, a guidance counselor at Chanhassen High School. She believes what she does is a calling and feels truly blessed to be working with kids in our schools. She is humble, approachable, kind yet stern—and she is an advocate for each student she works with.
Recipients of the Teacher of the Year award receive a $3,000 grant for use at their schools, with other finalists each receiving $500. Past winners have purchased iPads, computers and printing equipment. One replaced classroom desks with tables and chairs so students could have a bigger space to hold their laptops and work together. Another created a resource library consisting of teacher manuals, student resources and hands-on simulations that other teachers could use. One history teacher even bought a mannequin that was dressed up to match the time period the class was learning about.
One of the most important sectors of any society is its youngest generation; they represent the future and the direction that society will take. Teachers enrich a young generation of children to build a safe, secure and great place to live. They are influencers when we are most impressionable. It is for this reason one could consider the role of a teacher as the most important profession we have.
This is your week to reflect on that one special teacher, or multiple teachers, who may have made a meaningful impression on your life. Take a minute to say thanks to those past or present teachers in your life and to the teachers in your community who make all the difference.
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