As today is Mother’s Day, I am reminded of how much I was blessed to have a supportive mom at home while I was growing up. But I am also reminded of the teachers who take on the mother role to many students out there in the harsh reality called the real world.
Some teachers think that the primary job of a teacher is to teach a lesson, collect and analyze data, and determine future instruction from there. No strings attached- that’s not part of the job description! I used to be that teacher. And then I became a mom, and quickly realized that these students aren’t robots– they are small humans with feelings and an immense need to be loved and accepted. Although most of the students have these needs met at home, they are still with me for seven hours a day, and they need someone who believes in them and will instill a sense of belonging within the classroom environment. So I learned to love my students with my mom heart, and then the learning really began!
Before you think I’m a saint, ha ha, I need to point out one small detail (out of so many) that deters me from being the perfect teacher. I mentioned that I became a mom. Although I learned to love my students from a maternal viewpoint, I have two wonderful boys I am blessed to call my children. They have my heart and my attention. (Believe me, I should insert a picture of the laundry basket to prove my point.) As I provide emotional support to my students, I have my boys’ well-being at the core of my attention. I cannot give the students 100% of my heart, although they get a healthy percentage. This is why I am writing this article- to thank the teachers who have given 100% to be a mom to their students.
Happy Mother’s Day to the teachers without children, who give all of their hearts to ensure their students are loved like family in the classroom. Schools are blessed to have these teachers because they are able to selflessly love the student with enduring dedication. Here are some examples:
Thank you to Ms. O who always had a listening ear and gentle spirit to guide my son as a
Kindergartner. She recognized his advanced learning style and spent time to accommodate his education with rigorous lessons. Her sweet, quiet spirit has been appreciated by many Kindergartners who soaked up her maternal dedication to create a nurturing classroom environment.
Thank you to Mrs. B who spent hundreds of hours of her free time to make engaging lessons and projects, which created a fun 4th grade experience for my son. No one doubts her fiery passion to be the best teacher for her students. He still thinks of her as one of his favorite teachers.
Thank you to Mrs. H (known as Mama H to her students) who took a shy and withdrawn boy and gave him tools to become a leader. She literally loves every student like her own child, and they know it by the end of the first quarter of the school year. The families expect weekly phone calls and home visits. She keeps track of former students throughout her 20+ years of teaching. She is their second mom, and they are proud of that!
Thank you to Ms. E who spends a lot of her free time to create a rigorous and exciting 3rd grade experience for her students. She gets to know each child at such an intense level that the parents practically regard her as family. This teacher takes her time and resources to make sure her students have food to eat and clothes to wear. She becomes involved during family crises and is always there for her class community. Her students are her children. You are an inspiration to me, Ms. E!
Happy Mother’s Day, Teacher Mamas. Thank you for loving the children.