Recently, I got a message about a wonderful teacher in Vienna who is celebrating her 40th Anniversary. Can you imagine teaching for 40 years?! I can't myself, but I have a daughter who is a first-year teacher and so this struck close to home.
My daughter Melissa loves her job and she truly loves the children she teaches. She comes home exhausted, but happy almost every single day. But being the mother of a teacher has opened my eyes. As a parent, I always appreciated my children's teachers. But I never really understood fully what a vocation it is and how much sacrifice takes place.
So when I got the email below from Amanda Jones, Assistant Principal at Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna, I was happy to post it here.
“Please come celebrate Helga McClenahan at Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna. We are celebrating Ms. McClenahan’s 40 years that she has given to the community, preparing our children for Kindergarten.
We will holding the SURPRISE party on Friday, May 30th from 4 to 6 pm at our school, 9525 Leesburg Pike in Vienna. Chesterbrook Academy will be providing snacks and a great time.
We are hoping to have as many past students, families and co-workers there to celebrate with us as possible, so please spread the word!
Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan accordingly.”
Happy Anniversary Ms. McClenahan. There's a saying "A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart." It sounds like you have touched many!
Teachers like you are another reason why WE LOVE LIVING IN VIENNA!