Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thank you my fellow teacher

I have so much to be thankful for! But one of the most important people in my life is you, my fellow teacher. This is for you!

Thank you for the cheery "good morning" yelled loud enough across the hallway.
Thank you for the Diet Coke on a weary afternoon.
Thank you for the "encouragement" to go home when I was not feeling well.
Thank you for sharing your 
industrial size whole puncher and fancy fonts with me.
Thank you for covering my class 
during a meeting.
Thank you for filling the copier
with paper.
Thank you for the funny joke that made me laugh so hard I almost didn't make it to the bathroom!
And thank you for letting me know that
there is kleenex in the bathroom--but no toilet paper.
Thank you for sharing your cookies with me;
they sustained me to complete my grading.
Thank you for the blanket to keep me warm as I
traveled to say goodbye to my mother.
Thank you for the surprise of copied handouts
on my desk one morning.
Thank you for the dinner, and the nodding head 
while I vented.
Thank you for remembering my birthday
because this showed me that you took
a personal interest in me!
Thank you, for checking if I am still 
at school--and yes, I was.
Thank you for sharing your students with me--after all,
without them my life would be much less interesting!


  1. I love this poem of gratitude, Jaana. You should publish at school by hanging it up in the faculty lunch room! :)

    1. Stacey, thank you for your kind words. I guess I have to gather some strength to consider publishing it at school...

  2. What a lovely way to acknowledge your colleagues...and I love Stacey's idea of displaying it, too.

    1. Still looking for that courage....

  3. This is a wonderful poem Janna! I hope you share it with your colleagues and let them know how much you appreciate them. It is often our friends and colleagues that help to get us through the day when things aren't going the way we would like them to.

    1. Colleagues definitely give me perspective! We all need that--well, at least I do!

  4. THank you for helping me thinking about what others do every day. It is indeed often that our friends and neighbors help us get through the hard days and help us celebrate the good ones.

    1. Anita, I am thinking about the births, weddings, deaths, illnesses, and other heartbreaks that we have shared at school. I think that the fact that we are there for each other makes us stronger!

  5. Take courage and share... this is so heartfelt! Maybe print on pretty paper and tuck into a card for the friends who will recognize themselves in your words...

  6. These are words that lift the spirit. It is so nice to know someone appreciates the little things. I hope you decide to share with those you value.

  7. We started a "Paws of Praise" bulletin board in the teacher's lounge. It is so important to acknowledge and be grateful for each other. We are all in this together, and we are all friends.


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