As we prepared for time with family and friends this past week, consuming the proverbial turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, I thought about my gratitude for my job and my students. I am so thankful to be a teacher of Adult English Learners at the LSS Center for New Americans. I am thankful for our students who consistently awe me with their strength, persistence, and determination. I asked my fellow teachers to share what they are thankful for. Here is what they shared:
I am thankful for my students’ unique perspectives and life experience, their willingness to help one another, and their energy and enthusiasm.
I’m thankful for our students’ patience when we have technical issues. They are so understanding and gracious! I’m also thankful for our great coworkers – they are my friends as well as coworkers. I guess LSS attracts nice people!
I appreciate our students’ eagerness both to learn about English and American culture, and also their willingness to share about their own language and culture.
I am grateful that our students want to be in classes, and want to work hard to learn! It is so wonderful to teach students like that! I am grateful we have a way to have class with both in-person students and Zoom students. I’m grateful for the times we laugh and have fun in class!
I am thankful for the courage, persistence and strengths our students show every day. I am thankful for the upgrade in technology which allowed the teachers to better serve the students. I am thankful for the awesome co-workers at the Center for New Americans.
I’m thankful for the laughter I get to share with the students. It’s the best thing that accelerates our learning. I’m thankful for people I get to work with. They are my teachers! Because of them, I can be a better person and keep growing as a citizen of the world. Thank you for letting me share!
Written by Heather Glidewell | LSS Center for New Americans | Adult ESL Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
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