Mr. Speaker, I want to draw the House's attention to Teacher Appreciation Week.
Being a teacher means meeting children where they are and, little by little, helping them develop every type of intelligence. That work is not confined to the classroom.
One can take the teacher out of the school, but one can never take the school out of the teacher. I know that for a fact.
Anyone who wants to get together with a friend who is a teacher has to set it up outside of planning and marking time, and certainly not at report card time.
How many books does a teacher need? More than they have, always just one more. If a teacher walks by a bookstore without buying a book, that is practically a miracle. Need a pencil? Ask a teacher. A teacher will always have one handy and many more tucked away somewhere. If one sees a teacher buying school supplies, they are for their class.
In a nutshell, teachers think about our children all 12 months of the year, they are utterly devoted to their profession and they deserve our respect.
I am grateful to all teachers.