We celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, 2012. So who is the we? Simply put, the “we” is all of us who have been blessed with having a teacher in our lives or in our children’s lives who made a difference.
I’m pretty fortunate as Superintendent of Schools to be around many of those individuals on a daily basis. They treat you like you are their own. They believe in you even when nobody else does. They build you up not put you down. They care about what you do both inside and outside of school. You know that they will never give up on you! You know they care!
In years past, I’ve talked about teachers who’ve made a difference in my life. Today however, I want to talk about a teacher who impacted my daughter’s life. His name is Robert Grisonich and he was my daughter’s vice principal and coach in middle school. I’ve known Mr. G for many years and he is an education and coaching legend in southern Alberta. I have never heard a negative comment said about Mr. G. How could there be? He loves kids! He wants the best for his kids! He always does what’s right for his kids! Mr. G held his students to the highest standards but it was always with much support. He taught them how to be morally strong. He taught them to believe in themselves. He modeled strong ethics and good manners. He was tough and tender all at the same time. I remember how special my daughter felt when Mr. G drove 2 hours to attend her high school graduation. It was just what Mr. G did! His influence will last forever and I’m sure that part of her decision to become a teacher was because of him.
I was fortunate to coach alongside Mr. G for a couple of years and I call him a friend. When World Teachers Day 2012 comes tomorrow, who will you think of? Who made a difference in your life or in the life of your child? We have all benefited from great teachers and so “we” celebrate this day and give thanks for our world’s teachers!