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Teachers Matter—Now More Than Ever

We are living in a time when our teachers—now more than ever—need a note of thanks.

I remember the day I wrote my first "thank you" note to a teacher. My daughter was just completing kindergarten. I wanted her teacher, Mrs. McKay, to know my daughter looked forward to going to school almost every day and came home after school to excitedly show me her drawings.

So I wrote a short note thanking her for making my daughter's first year of school such a success.

I loved saying thank you to someone who made such an impact on my daughter's life. And Mrs. McKay made a point of stopping me at school to let me know how much she appreciated the note.

A lesson learned about the importance of "thank you."

We are living in a time when our teachers—now more than ever—need a note of thanks.

And as PTA, we have created a new opportunity for you to thank a teacher. PTA Teachers-Making A Difference Award is designed to showcase and publicize the outstanding dedication and support of teachers for PTA.

To recognize the special contributions of teachers at your school to PTA, California State PTA will select and feature their stories in our publications and on our website. Click here to read about some of our honored teachers.

Tell us about a teacher at your school and how that teacher’s dedication is so special. Honorees for this award should be:

  • A PTA/PTSA member
  • Credentialed teacher at a PTA school in California

Nominations can be made throughout the year. Every nominated teacher will receive a letter of appreciation and a certificate. One teacher's name will be drawn monthly for special recognition, a free registration to the California State PTA Annual Convention and a gift basket of software/hardware, valued at $100 to $200, donated by our newest Member Perks provider, JourneyEd.

Find the application to nominate PTA teachers, in English and in Spanish.

Editor's Note: Carol Kocivar is California state PTA president.

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eric p gioia January 15, 2013 at 10:57 PM
teachers have always mattered lets get that straight buddy.
Tom January 15, 2013 at 10:57 PM
@Navigio The worst ~10% do great damage to the ~90%. This is insanity to allow those who display no desire to learn stay. As for illegals there are many perks to coming here and we should not provide incentive to law breakers of any kind. Agree that education is important but many would be better served in a trade school to be a plumber, welder or some other skill that is valued. We put them all in a one size fits all and wonder why it does not work that is just a waste.
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Heracles, as he was more appropriately known, is mentioned by Josephus and Tacitus in their works, respectively. Therefore Hercules was real, not just myth. Likewise, an online chat room allowing 11-6 victims to cope is the most real place to pay homage to anything and nothing.
Jo Tog January 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM
One of my comments has disappeared. This comment I posted days ago. All of a sudden someone does not like it and it is removed. What did I post? Mother and Fathers matter. Support Marriage.
Tom January 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I would like to thank this teacher: A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned. “They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” The parent said the students were taught “if you’re white, you’re oppressing. If you’re non white, you’ve been a victim.” According to handouts obtained by Fox News, “white privilege” was defined as “a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.” Students were also given a handout from University of Texas professor Robert Jensen arguing that people don’t have complete control over their fate. “There is not space here to list all the ways in which white privilege plays out in our lives, but it is clear that I will carry this privilege with me until the day white supremacy is erased from society,” he wrote.
Chris Kiely January 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I agree on the money issue; the increased ads are never going away. I was thinking more of a layout fix, specifically of the "What people are saying" section, which shows current comments. That section will hold show about 15-20 comments. This thread has that many comments in the last two hours. So if someone posted a comment with breaking news on a local issue this morning, that comment is dead an buried by now. They should just fix the layout, so that only the most current comment from each thread shows. That would allow the viewer to quickly see the recent comments on 15 threads, and jump to any thread that interested them, Instead, all we see is a pile of comments on one or two threads.
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM
..and I'd like to thank this teacher for the material he handed me. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,369549,00.html "A public school teacher taught creationism in his science class and used a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms, according to a report by independent investigators. Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom and continued to preach his Christian beliefs despite complaints by other teachers and administrators, according to the report released Thursday by consulting firm H.R. On Call Inc. The Mount Vernon school board voted 5-0 Friday to pass a resolution of intent to terminate Freshwater's contract. Board attorney David Millstone says Freshwater is entitled to a hearing to challenge the dismissal. A lawyer for Freshwater says he will request such a hearing. The report, which was conducted by independent investigators, comes one week after a family filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on their child's arm and that a burn mark remained for three or four weeks."
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM
...and this one: http://yhoo.it/RZwad9 "The question read, "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" Another math problem read, "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?" Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled." for the same reasons
Tom January 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM
At least they are firing the bible thumper.
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM
There is a trick to it. You have to turn your iPad sideways. What? You do not have an iPad? No wonder!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Louisa H> Jumping off the nearest springboard here, but thank you for answer to my question. The point you made is, yes, editor deleted..not flags..
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM
"One of my comments has disappeared" There is a posse organized by Sheriff Arpaio that is looking for it. "All of a sudden someone does not like it and it is removed. " Did it disappear suddenly, or did it gradually faded like one of those cool CGI effects from "Driving Miss Daisy"? "What did I post?" I'll tell you as soon as the post is restored. If you made a backup like everyone else, then we would not have to guess.
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Why, will that change your mind? OK. Teacher A makes 78,912 pa. Free Obamacare for life, 78% pension after 12 years, and he works 179 days. Way too much, right? See, I told you.
Shripathi Kamath January 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM
..but not this anonymous social studies teacher: http://bit.ly/RZE7yY
Jo Tog January 16, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Teachers Matter. Especially if they are BIll Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn. Former terrorists of The Weather Underground , now teachers in our once fine UC. Watch them here. http://theconservativemonster.com/?p=332
fact checker January 16, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Chris, facts don't need interpretation. Opinions do.
Albert Rubio January 16, 2013 at 02:54 AM
The party that operates the schools is in a position to propagandize its tenets and to disparage those of other parties.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 16, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Dan Crandall....Crandall..One of the best CEO's American Airlines ever had. I take issues more importantly than my self. You may have noticed that some authority deleated most every post but mine on certain cites. Evidently, this person took me seriously...I am pretty much througn with Patch..the American mind is in far worse shape than I could have imagined....Really scary
Things I Learned January 16, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I join you in condemning the lack of both theology AND geometry.
beaumontdave January 16, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Sounds pretty fatalistic to me Mr, Fishback. Have a little faith, this from an agnostic.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Calif. teacher with past in porn loses appeal http://news.yahoo.com/calif-teacher-past-porn-loses-appeal-022227837.html
jeffrey olsen January 16, 2013 at 05:12 AM
I believe the best place for living for people like Robert E. Fishback is North Korea or former USSR,he could inform KGB against dissidents every day,make some money good career and sense of self respect,I have sense of strong disgust to people of this type because I saw too many of them in my life.
jeffrey olsen January 16, 2013 at 05:16 AM
+1000000
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 16, 2013 at 05:47 AM
PACIFICA SOUNDS LIKE A CHARISMATIC SAYING Pacific. Maybe Lawrence Welk also uh...
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 16, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Arnt u glad that the two little squirmies who crawled out of the primordial soup did not look at each other and say "lets stick to the subject" The dye was cast early on..Adam blamed Eve...Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent didn't have a leg to stand on..I hope our end does not include the world on fire, mutatations crawling around, and the leader of the PACK CRIES OUT..CALL DR. OZ....so, someone gets a call out and he says,,try this....take stool softener twice a day and try to stay positive...stay the hell away from Patch
Alan January 16, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Most schools don't have PTA's. They have PTO's which are local and not affiliated with the California PTA.
Frustrated January 16, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Actually, there's only ONE school in the entire TVUSD that has a PTO rather than a PTA.
Tom January 16, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Good teachers of course matter and I think most of them are quite good. I have kids at SRVHS and CWMS and for the most part am pleased with how professional they are. Sometimes though we do run into a bad one. When that happens my kids are strong enough to work through it and be fine but the weakers ones suffer. In our school system it is MUCH easier for the teachers because you have VERY involved parents. We are a team and work with eachother. I hate the teachers union but respect the teachers. I also think there are many things we could do to improve things for students and teachers but we lack the backbone to do it.
Sylvia Jones January 16, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I am responding to Shlripathi Kamath's post of January 15 which takes exception to a teacher who receives a 78% pension for 12 years of teaching based on a salary in her/his last year in the classroom of $78,912. The writer cites no source for the information, and as a retired teacher I am concerned that readers will take this claim as fact. Please consider the following: teacher retirement in the State of California is administered by the state, not by school districts. It is based on teacher age at retirement, number of years taught, and birthdate. Here is an estimate of what a California teacher might receive based on the profile the writer uses. It is based on the formula as I came to understand it in going through my own retirement process. Using the writer's data, here is what a California teacher might receive If she/he retires this June with 12 years of experience, a birthdate of 1946 and an age at retirement of 64 years and seven moths, her/his retirement stipend would be approximately $1,869.89 per month or $22,438.68 per annum. That equates to 28% of final compensation, not the 78% that the writer decries.
Shripathi Kamath January 16, 2013 at 09:40 PM
"I am responding to Shlripathi Kamath's post of January 15 which..." http://bit.ly/U1OGkP

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