World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers at Roswell schools how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.
Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”
This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers.
UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Education International and UNICEF.
Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their kindness, humor or educational impact.
On World Teachers' Day, we can remember them by looking at issues and obstacles they may face, knowing that the brightest and most motivated teachers need to be continually attracted to a profession whose status continually needs improvement socially and monetarily.
Jennifer Foil, a social studies teacher at Holcomb Bridge Middle School, was named Fulton County Schools Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2011. She said she understands her students are individuals and each have specialized learning needs to excell.
Lauree Lau, a special education teacher at Crossroads Second Chance North Alternative School in Roswell, was selected as enAble of Georgia Foundation’s Special Education Teacher of the Year 2012. Lau's co-workers described her "transformative power of creativity, passion and commitment" to her students.
After a local teacher was surprised by a public proposal from her boyfriend in Roswell during April 2012, students and co-workers were congratulatory and gushed over Karrie Layton's great qualities.
More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.
How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below.