One of the highlights in educator recognition each year is American Education Week, which took place on November 18-22. As usual, it featured special recognition for parents, Education Support Professionals (ESP), and substitute teachers. Many local associations across Idaho made sure their ESP members received thanks for the amazing work they do by holding breakfast/lunch events or other special ceremonies.
“It was really gratifying to see so many of our dedicated educator-members get the recognition they so deserve,” says IEA President Kari Overall. “Professional educators are the backbone of our public education system; working with parents and communities to help Idaho students grow, achieve, and prosper.”
Another terrific feature of American Education Week is “Educator for a Day”, where elected officials and community and business leaders visit classrooms to see what teachers and students are doing daily. “Until people have experienced the classroom and school dynamic first-hand it is very difficult for them to fully grasp what goes into student learning and the indispensable role our educators play,” says Overall.
Debbie Critchfield, President of the Idaho State Board of Education, was among those participating in Educator for a Day visits. She stopped by Kimberly Elementary School, where she interacted with second-grade students taught by IEA member Dana Virnig. She also paid a visit to Kimberly High School, where she got a tour of the library facilities and an information download on library programs from IEA member Lori Clements.
Similar visits took place all around the state, including House Education Committee Chairman Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, and Representative Linda Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, who got caught up on activities at several schools in their district. Newly elected to the school board in Caldwell, Manny Godina visited Lincoln Elementary and toured the school with IEA members Joe Grover and Mike Gallup.
Join us in celebrating American Education Week next year, November 16-20, 2020.