When budget cuts come along, when raises are a point of discussion, when education is a topic at the dinner table, the focus is on teachers.
While there is no question teachers are the heart and soul of a school building, while there is no debate to the value of a good teacher, teachers do not work alone.
In a school, in any school, there are:
- teacher assistants
- assistant principals
- speech therapists
- occupational therapists
- instructional coaches
- maintenance staff
- administrative assistants
- office staff
- literacy specialists
- math specialists
- IT staff
- school police
- parent volunteers
- curriculum coordinators
- cafeteria workers — servers & cooks
. . . and this list is not exhaustive.
It takes a village to raise a child.
It also takes a village to educate a child.
When we speak of education, yes teachers are critical, but every adult in a school building has the power to change lives and to be a leader.
So the next time you start discussing a school, the next time there’s a debate on the state of education, take a moment to consider all the adults involved in education. Recognize them. Appreciate them. And most importantly, don’t forget about them.