CCUSD Superintendent: May 5 is National Teacher Day

Tuesday, May 5 is National Teacher Day.

We hope you will take the opportunity to thank our teachers this month who have made a difference in your child’s or your own life.

When I ask graduating students or adults why they chose the field of work that they did, I often get the response that it was the encouragement or counsel of a teacher that helped them focus on goals for their future career.

Teachers have great influence with students and our Cave Creek Unified School District teachers are masters at inspiring and fostering growth and achievement in talent areas for our students.

A month ago, at our yearly joint meeting, I asked our Superintendent’s CSHS Student

Cadre and our Superintendent’s Community Council to collaboratively brainstorm in teams and record the attributes they feel describe a model teacher — knowing that we have many exemplars in the district.

They eloquently described a model teacher with 44 characteristics — yes, we expect a LOT from our teachers!

Mentioned most often were that teachers must have content knowledge of what they are teaching and then strong background in “pedagogy” or “how to teach.”

It was important to the groups that our teachers treat everyone equally with no obvious favoritism of one student over another.

They want CCUSD educators to have a sense of humor, to be flexible and to be open to

learning, change and doing new things. Our teachers should be able to diversify the learning — in other words, make sure that lessons meet the needs of all the students in the classroom and not only be directed to one ability group.

In addition, those lessons should be interactive and engaging — learning should be fun and interesting. Teachers should be nice, kind, fair, positive, enthusiastic and able to show students that they truly care about them as a learner and an individual.

They should be good listeners and exhibit leadership. The teams felt it was important that teachers are organized so that learning time is maximized.

Assignments should be returned quickly with feedback and our teachers should be understanding and altruistic.

I am sure you have pictured many a CCUSD teacher in your mind as I listed the attributes — we are so fortunate to have the skilled, dedicated and caring teaching staff that we do.

Please take the time to write them a note or email on National Teacher Day, thanking them for their commitment and caring that has made CCUSD the special place that it is.

Editor’s note: Debbi Burdick, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District.


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