The first day of school always softens my heart as a parent.
It means kids have grown a year older and they are one step closer to being on their own.
As a parent of school-aged children, it also means those late nights coming home from athletic events, taking care of homework duties and all the other drama that comes with being a teenager.
We, as parents, always think of our kids when it comes to situations with our children.
The person that gets lost in the shuffle are the teachers.
I was raised in a family of school personnel. My grandmother was a teacher, while my grandfather was in charge of school maintenance.
I have always felt it was important to support teachers in their daily endeavors. However, society continues to dictate the relationships between parents and teachers.
There was a time that teachers had full support of parents.
If something wasn't right at school with a student, the teacher consulted the parent, who, in turn, would handle the problem at home.
In this day and age, I'm not sure if this is the case.
Students have the weight of the world on their shoulders with all of the stresses of today's society.
Former Apple CEO John Sculley said it best when he was quoted as saying: “We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.”
I have always said that a teacher's classroom begins in the living room of a student's home.
Breckenridge ISD has some of the state's best teachers on every campus.
It's evident in the progress of our student accountability ratings.
Over the past three years, district accountability ratings have risen.
I will put our district's educational experience up against any district from Class A to Class 5A in the area. Yeah, I think we're that good.
Breckenridge High School continues to graduate students who have enough college credits to graduate from universities in three years.
And our district is that strong because we have good teachers.
However, teachers have to endure the most criticism in some situations.
They are crucified while their hands remain tied amid state regulations, lawsuit threats and physical altercations.
But, yet, they continue to show up every day.
Folks, whether you like it or not, every walk of life — ranging from a guy who works 60 hours a week in the oilfield to a guy who walks up the steps of the White House every day—at some point, their lives began in a classroom with a teacher.
Teachers don't do it for the money. If that was the case, there would be a shortage. Teaching isn't a profession. It's a calling.
Some of the most influential people in my life were teachers — on every level.
My conclusion is the rise of our educational accomplishments is because of the strength of our teachers in our district as well as the students' willingness to take their learning to the next level.
For every success story, unfortunately there is a devil's advocate.
But, in Breckenridge, we are moving forward because our teachers love what they do. They love our kids. For that, we should be grateful.