Since I began working at KIPP, I have conducted more than 50 interviews with students, parents, teachers, and alumni to provide content for the KIPP Houston blog. Over and over again, one phrase appears more than any other when asked about teachers – “more than their job description.” KIPP teachers know to make a true difference in the lives of their KIPPsters, they have to go beyond their description. Today, we want to honor, recognize, and appreciate those moments. Thank you for the hard moments, the tiring moments, the brave moments, the strong moments, the crazy moments, the special moments.
“She was like my second mom. She would bring me home from dance and teach me how to do my hair and make-up.”
“She stood in line at 7am on a Saturday to receive books for her classroom so her students would be excited about reading.”
“After I lost my best friend unexpectedly, she stepped in and took care of me. We talk together, workout together, visit the cemetery, have weekly dinners, and work on my applications for jobs and schools together.”
“He’s attended baby showers, weddings, graduations, funerals, Quinceaneras, and everything in between.”
“He went on 115 home visits his first year to meet his students’ families.”
“During her second year of teaching, her school experienced a heavy increase in the number of LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students and she took it upon herself to begin an after school tutoring program for 3rd and 4th graders. She tutored them in math and reading free of charge and never told anyone from her leadership team because she wasn’t looking for any special acknowledgment.”
“Each quarter, he single-handedly plans and runs a lock-in for the students of his school, meaning he is on campus from 6:45 am Friday to noon on Saturday to ensure students have fun and can connect with their classmates.”
“While chaperoning an end of the year, weeklong camping trip, she found herself at the top of the highest mountain in Texas with no signal and unpredicted 100 degree weather. During this time, she gave away her water to resistant students that ‘forgot’ to fill their bottles.”
There will never be enough words to fully express our gratitude, but that won’t keep us from trying. Thank you, teachers. You truly are world changers.