“Not all superheroes have capes; some have teaching degrees,” Author Unknown.
Nowadays, teachers don’t just give of their time; many realize they may be called on to give their lives to protect their students. These teachers who have sacrificed everything to ensure their student’s safety deserve our respect and praise. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifice and their willingness to fight for their students’ safety. “Not all superheroes have capes; some have teaching degrees,” Author Unknown.
At Homes for Heroes, we can’t thank teachers enough. It is because of you and everything you do for your students that we have made it this far. Each one of us has a special memory of how a teacher impacted our lives that we hold dearly. Teachers don’t just teach; they affect students in ways that sometimes go unseen for years.
When we started Homes for Heroes, we knew that we had to include teachers in our mission to help Heroes find the best deals available to them when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Everything teachers give to their students day in and day out makes them heroes in our book.
Teachers Make a Difference
Your commitment and dedication to the education, protection, and success of your students are evident in your willingness to get up every day and go back to work fighting for them. You may not see the impact you make on your students every day, but we do, and we are grateful that you continue to advocate for them and encourage them to reach their fullest potential.
When we reflect on the teachers we’ve had the incredible opportunity to spotlight, we see their words as encouraging, and we are reminded once again just how much teachers genuinely love what they do.
Tara Crearer said, “You don’t go into teaching for awards and certificates. That’s not why any of us do this. I’m also not naive enough to believe I’m going to have a profound impact on every student’s life. I’m available for all of my students, and I care deeply about them, but there are a just a few every year that I know I connect with and help through something difficult. That, for me, is everything, and exactly why I do this.”
Melody Steenbergh said, “Over the years, I have had many wonderful moments, too many to recall. Teaching is a very rewarding job. My favorite memories are of watching my students discover something they can do, like when reading finally clicks or when they master something difficult like long division.”
A Teacher’s Dedication
Teachers are an incredible natural resource. They are continually filling small minds with great ambition and enormous amounts of hope. We read stories every day of teachers sacrificing their time, money and even their lives for their students.
We find inspiration from these stories of teachers going above and beyond what is expected to serve their students. Part of why we at Homes for Heroes love teachers so much is because we see the sacrifices you make for every student; your love and concern for them shines through in everything you do.
Teachers Give Everything
Just a few weeks ago, teachers in West Virginia went on strike. Before beginning their statewide strike, teachers at one Elementary school came together and established a plan for making sure their students would still have access to meals while their schools were shut down.
This group of teachers ensured their students would not go hungry by meeting in local grocery store parking lots with hot food and water. A local pizza place even donated boxes of pizza to the teachers and their cause. When the teachers realized they had leftovers after a day of passing out pizza and snacks to hungry students, they began visiting students at home to deliver the leftovers of food.
It’s stories like this that show us that there isn’t a second that teachers aren’t concerned with the welfare of their students.
Nowadays, teachers don’t just give of their time; many realize they may be called on to give their lives to protect their students. These teachers who have sacrificed everything to ensure their student’s safety, deserve our respect and praise.
We are eternally grateful their sacrifice and for their willingness to fight for their students’ safety. Whether it be shielding them from falling debris during a tornado or barricading them in closets or bathrooms during an active shooter situation.
Ultimately, we could not be more appreciative of those teachers who were willing to lay down their lives to protect innocent young lives. Your names are never far from our lips, and your memory and story will stay with us forever.
Teachers Are Everyday Heroes
Teachers like Scott Beigel, who was among the 17 people killed at Parkland High School in Florida just a few short weeks ago, are yet another reason we view teachers as true Heroes. Beigel, who was a Geography teacher, was killed when he opened his door for students who were fleeing the gunman. Students have reported that if it were not for Mr. Beigel and his willingness to open his door and step out to guide them to safety, that they would have been among those killed that day as well.
Thank you, Mr. Beigel, and bless you for your heroic acts that day. Your sacrifice and bravery will never be forgotten.
Then there are stories of teachers like Edwina Williams who overcame tremendous obstacles in her own life to become a professor at MiraCosta and Palomar colleges. Williams is an adjunct professor of sociology and is the founder of Project Like, a literacy program that helps students worldwide achieve their educational goals. Teachers like Edwina Williams are inspiring because of their grit, determination, and dedication to reaching their own goals, and in return, they help students combat the epidemic of illiteracy on a global level.
We may never be able to do enough to show teachers like Tara Crearer, Melody Steenbergh, the teachers at Beckley Elementary in West Virginia, Scott Beigel, and Edwina Williams how much we truly love and appreciate them. Teachers are the lifeblood of our nation, continually propelling young minds forward to become great innovators and productive citizens.