This week is an opportunity to #thankateacher on Twitter during #teacherappreciationweek. At Westminster School in Atlanta we have a corp of highly dedicated and inspiring teachers working with our pre-1st through 12th grade students. When students excel in a theatrical production or concert, compete on the athletic field, write for a student publication, design a robot to perform a complex task, or stretch themselves in an academic classroom, there are teachers, coaches and advisors supporting them along their journey. This week we are paying tribute to all those teachers who are touching the lives of our students in significant ways.
It is with gratitude and appreciation that we honor their work and service to Westminster School students. Thank you to all my Westminster colleagues!
When I look beyond Westminster’s gates, I see nearly 4 million teachers who we need to honor and appreciate for their service on behalf of elementary and secondary students. In 2018, the average salary of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in the United States is about $55,000. In the same year, the average salary of an engineer with a bachelor’s degree in the United States was about $72,000. We know our teachers are not appreciated through a competitive salary as compared to professions with similar amounts of education. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to find ways to appreciate our teachers for their service on behalf of our children. In addition, it is equally important that we use our voice and vote to advocate for higher salaries for teachers.
Thank you to teachers across the U.S. that are working daily to inspire our children to learn and grow.