Put away pencils, notebooks and study guides, it’s time to take a break. As June draws to a close, so does another school year in the Great Garden State. And while we like to say our kids need the break, no one needs it or deserves it more than New Jersey’s great educators.
The last two years have been particularly difficult for them beyond what is already a long year of teaching. Our children would not be where they are today without the tireless efforts of our New Jersey educators.
This year has hopefully been the closest to normal for them and our students. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought to my kids to be at school with all their little friends.
Some of the teachers I spoke to even said it was so exciting to finally see so many of their students smiling again after the mask mandate was lifted. Everything indicates that things have returned to normal over the year.
Here is something that is even more amazing. Many children want to go to school, including mine. This not only shows how much they missed being together in the classroom, but it is also a huge testament to each of our New Jersey educators.
You are the reason why our children are so happy to be in school and to receive a quality education. Not only are you passionate about what you do, but you also taught our children despite all the great challenges we faced.
In fact, you’re even spending your own money in the classroom just to make sure your students get the tools they need. It can be difficult at times, but you always find a way to prevail.
You deserve so much more than you get, and we can’t thank you enough for all you do. You are truly the backbone of New Jersey’s future.
As we enter the summer holidays, I hope you will have the opportunity to rest. And don’t let those naysayers tell you that you’re not working, because the weight of a teacher goes well beyond the standard 180 days required inside the classroom.
Some of you might even go beyond the call of duty and attend the summer programs. A teacher’s job never really ends, especially when you have to juggle a large class. If you really think about it, many parents have enough trouble trying to juggle their children. You juggle them all and do an amazing job.
So I hope that with the summer months you will have time to breathe. Despite the very few people who still seem to have a problem with this, the vast majority of us parents know how hard you work, and we thank you for that.
Be sure to take some time for yourself before the start of the next school year. You deserve it.
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