September 20, 2016
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
We encourage our families this year to participate in Legendary Teacher Day on Thursday, September 22nd. Legendary Teacher Day began just a couple years ago in Arizona, and in its short time, I’ve personally seen the impact it’s had on my teaching colleagues and those who choose to participate. It’s a great way to honor and celebrate teachers and role models who have made a positive difference in your lives.
Here’s how you can participate. The first step in celebrating a legendary teacher is to reflect on your own education. With the three tenets of a legendary teacher in mind…
---Engaging deeply with students
---Creating high expectations
…reflect on your teachers who pushed you. Reflect on your teachers who held you accountable. And, reflect on your teachers who went above and beyond and invested in your personal success. At this point, you have likely identified a number of your teachers over the years who have collectively contributed to your success.
Now, how do you act on your desire to recognize your personal teaching legend?
---Active teachers – If your legendary teacher is currently teaching, reach out to them personally. Be sure to cite the specific reason that they are your legend.
----Inactive or retired teachers – Send your tribute to the principal of the school where your legendary teacher influenced you and also share it with me - firstname.lastname@example.org - so I can share your reflection with our own teachers.
In all of these scenarios, you are encouraged to post your legendary teacher tribute on social media. We also encourage you to have a good conversation with your own children about what you remember and appreciate about your legendary teacher.
We'll start a facebook thread on the St. Joseph Catholic School facebook page on Wednesday evening for you to begin sharing your tributes.
To learn more about legendary teachers, visit www.legendaryteacher.com.
For those of you who choose to participate, we look forward to you sharing your tributes in these days ahead.
Joe Manning, Principal