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Teacher Appreciation Week: WRAL viewers honor teachers

Posted May 5, 2008

— In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week – the first full week in May – WRAL.com asked viewers to submit stories about special teachers in their lives.

After nearly a month, viewers had sent more than 250 letters – representing more than 150 schools across the state. Public and private schools, colleges and others were included.

Some excerpts are below:

  • “I truly know with all my heart that she was a blessing for my son, and I have NEVER forgotten her energy and persistence. She is a gem!!!”
  • “She has stayed with me in my heart all of this time.”
  • “He is a father figure and friend to the children."
  • “She is like an Angel sent from above.”
  • “My mom teaches math … and never seems to get the credit she deserves.”
  • “(My son’s) self esteem is being rebuilt and his grades show it and he is happy each morning when leaving to go to school. For this we are sincerely grateful.”
  • “The year that I spent in her class is the ONLY school year that sticks out in my memories of 16 years of school.”

To see all the letters submitted for Teacher Appreciation Week, CLICK HERE.


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  • deadav2 May 6, 2008

    The two teachers i most adore are Mrs.McGregor and Mrs.Innerarity. They are the most amazing things that have come into my life! They are angels sent from above. I could'nt be happier. Mr.Matisoff is the best math teacher ever. Mr.Wilson is a great social studies teacher. Like i said i couldn't ask for anything better that those amazing,terrific,fantastic and, adorable Teachers.

  • Vietnam Vet May 6, 2008

    And how about the teachers in Wake County's special programs. These teachers also deserve special recognition. They may have fewer students than mainstream teachers but there are meetings...meetings...meetings...meetings... IEP Meetings with staff and parents for each child. Re-evaluations and then more meetings with the parents of the kids. Developing lesson plans for students where there aren't any existing resources, virtually out of thin air. That's right I'm married to a special programs teacher. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't spend 10-12 hours at school and this doesn't count travel time etc. She's up at 4:30am and at school by 6:30am and most nights doesn't leave school until 6:30 or 7:00pm. Oh and did I mention?? Teachers are salaried employees...no overtime compensation for these extra hours. Truthfully I'm not sure why anyone would WANT to be a teacher. It certainly isn't for the money!! Talk about your unsung hero!!!

  • TheAdmiral May 6, 2008

    "Teachers are the least appreciated and underpaid group of people in North Carolina. Please remember to support public education!"

    Try being in Information Technology Support.

  • headlong May 5, 2008

    Thank You To All The Teachers!!!

    YEAH Granville Central High School!!! This is a brand new High School less then a year old. Every Teacher there that I have dealt with is remarkable as well as the Office Staff and Mr Hester who seems proud of everyone who works/attends and makes the school what it is...a Family!!! I hope many will go and see what these two amazing Teachers from this school is doing this Summer!!!


  • VT1994Hokie May 5, 2008

    Congratulations and cheers for all teachers. It is a tough job. Everyday they have to be the parent, Social Worker, Judge, Ambassador, cheerleader, disciplinarian, nuturer, and the list goes on....

    Teachers, coaches, and great administrators changed my life in so many ways.

  • allison842 May 5, 2008

    You have to give serious respect to almost all teachers out there. My mom taught high school English for 30 years and was the yearbook sponsor, so I've seen how hard they have to work!

    My personal favorite: 4th grade, Mr. Ortiz. RIP.

  • OhBella May 5, 2008

    Thank you everyone! Teachers don't want their job rewarded above all others but rather be respected as much as a judge, police officer, or engineer. As a teacher, I appreciate all those battles you fight with your child to get them to do schoolwork, get to bed at a decent time, and push your child for excellence. Thanks parents....from a teacher!

  • ITeechTeens May 5, 2008

    Ahart4duke....Thankyou and yes I feel the love. I love what I do, couldnt see myself doing anything else... GO MIDDLE SCHOOL!!! and I recognize some teachers on the list mentioned that I have worked with in Sampson county. Mrs. Crumpler and Gray are wonderful

  • tcwife May 5, 2008

    "Teachers are the least appreciated and underpaid group of people in North Carolina. Please remember to support public education!"

    I do support public education with the taxes I pay but I choose to send my child to private school and it doesn't necessarily have to do with the teachers but more with the fact that the teachers have had the ability to discipline and teach taken away from them by all the regulations they have to follow. We have had a number of retired public school teachers to come teach at our school and they comment on how wonderful it is to have a classroom of well behaved children who want to be at school and learn and they don't have to worry about meeting the test grade at the end of the year.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life May 5, 2008

    Hugs to all our teachers :-) Thanks for ALL you do, I know it takes a "special" and caring someone to do your job. A special hug for my friend (((((iteechteens))))).