Feb 21, 2017
This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week at Veritas. So with that in mind, I thought I’d share some notes and thoughts that have made teaching so rewarding over the past 5 years.
Not only is teaching Digital Photography to high school students a privilege and a pleasure, it's also a small way to give back to my community. My hope is to instill in my students an
appreciation for great photography AND the desire to bless others with their own photographs.
As any teacher will tell you, there are golden moments that stand out; giving you a glimpse into the lives of your students. Those moments are the reason you do what you do; why you teach. I'd
like to share a few of those sweet moments that have meant so much to me:
From the mom of one of my students:
I just wanted you to know that your photography class has provided lots of great opportunities for [my son] and for me. He is learning so much and I enjoy watching
him think and explore through the lens of a camera. These shots from my phone have nothing to do with good photography; I just thought you might like to see some "behind the scenes" photos.
Loving your class,
A note from one of my students during "Teacher Appreciation" Week:
Thank you for what you do. Before this year I had no clue how to take a photo or even appreciate good photography. You've opened my eyes to a world I wasn't even aware of
this time last year.
A mom texted me this:
...Also in the tremendous gift you've shared in helping [my son] to discover a love for photography and training an eye for detail and great composure.
A note from one of my students:
Thank you for what you do. Before this year I had no clue how to take a photo or even appreciate good photography. You've opened my eyes to a world I wasn't even
aware of this time last year.
And this in an email from a recent graduate is probably one of my favorites:
I've come a long way from the photography class but that was such a fun class where I developed such an appreciation for something I had never tried before!
I have the privilege of seeing Teacher Appreciation Week from both sides: as a teacher and as a parent. I’d heard teachers say that the thing they appreciate the most is hand-written notes. At
first I was skeptical, but I can now say without a doubt, I agree! I thoroughly enjoyed the treats, gifts and goodies I received, but it’s the notes that have lingered.
I only teach one class and felt tremendously blessed by my students and their parents. I imagine that is multiplied exponentially for the full-time teachers! So, what did I do for my kids’
teachers this year? I had my kids sit down and write them notes...