Hats off to educators and coaches

by Rod Smith

The Mercury – Tuesday – to educators of all disciplines and who teach and coach students of all ages

(reprint by reader request)

Hats off……

• Hats off to teachers and coaches who love the world and its peoples and whose zeal for both rubs off on students.

• Hats off to teachers and coaches who love what they teach and coach and whose passion for their subjects and sports rubs off on students.

• Hats off to teachers and coaches who are as hard as nails with students over matters of integrity but as soft as warm butter when it comes to listening and attempting to understand students and their home-life, peer and social struggles.

• Hats off to teachers and coaches who know their students well enough to be able to anticipate problems so they can be addressed before they get out of control.

• Hats off to school administrators who have the courage to support teachers and coaches in the face of difficult parents and who have the courage to listen to all parties before they act.

• Hats off to school administrators who aspire to serve rather than be served, who understand the power of humility, and who see their essential role as empowering coaches and teachers and students to get the very best from each other.

• Hats off to parents of students who seek to respect and learn from their children’s school teachers and coaches and administrators rather than demand rights or seek to chastise or correct.

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