Mother’s Day was yesterday, and Father’s Day is in June and while I am neither to kids of my own, I have been an integral part of many kid’s lives over the past 35 years or so as an educator. First, as an ESL volunteer, para-professional and classroom teacher in New York City back in the mid to late 80’s, as a special education teacher here in Minnesota in the early to mid - 90’s and since 2006, working in childcare in one of the local school districts, where one of my first students is now my multi – media specialist and much more as we work through this pandemic. As an aside, I also helped raise my ex’s two kids and was there to support them from early childhood into adulthood.
I am not looking for accolades or any honorable mention, but simply reflecting on the fact, especially during this Covid crisis, how important mothers and mother figures have been in helping to navigate and facilitate these volatile waters in the schools in which I work and continue to do so. I very much respect all who have been there throughout, mothers and mother figures who continue to nuture and help us all get through this crisis, including many of my colleagues. We will all have to deal with this for some time to come and knowing there are those out there willing to help, giving us hope that we will make it through, with their tireless effort, no amount of thanks is enough, so here’s a shout out to all those who have been there for us. Thank you. You are truly appreciated!!!
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