Chamber Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week

Written by Jeanine McKenna, President & CEO

This week we have been celebrating National Teacher’s Appreciation Week.  Emporia has the proud distinction to be the home of the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame. I am blessed to be on the Board of Trustees for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  The mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States.

Each year five educators are inducted into the Hall of Fame, right here in Emporia Kansas.  Each year, I hear the stories and the passion of why they have chosen teaching as a career.  Each year, I am reminded of the teachers who made an impact on my life.

I think all of us can identify at least one extraordinary teacher who had an impact on us, I can think of several.  From Mrs. Teske, and her rules to Mr. Meyers not allowing me to start a test until he knew I was ready.  Mrs. Bitter for helping a friend and me break into our own house to get our science project. (that is another story for another time) Finally, to Mrs. Cunningham, for giving me my voice.

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. Emporia is blessed to not only be home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, but to Emporia State University.

Teachers shape the minds of our children and our future. There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do. If you had a favorite teacher, reach out to thank them for the difference they made in your life.

Finally, Emporia Public Schools uses the hashtag #EmporiaProud.  We at the Emporia Area Chamber feel fortunate to work with each of these entities and many projects throughout the year.  We are #EmporiaAreaProud!

It’s a Great Day in Emporia!  Please tell someone.