“California owes much of its success to its public schools, colleges and universities that produce the scientists, technicians, engineers, and educated workforce. Teachers are deeply committed to the success of every student. Educators have many extraordinary skills they pull from to reach and teach students. Your neighborhood educators are advocates, inventors and problem solvers. Teachers are listeners, explorers, role models, motivators and mentors. They are idealists and dreamers, debaters and negotiators, adventurers and mediators. Although one teacher can be influential, life changing, even, for a student, it takes the entire school community — Education Support Professionals, K-12 teachers, college faculty and parents — to provide the public education all of our students deserve.
For these many reasons, this year’s Day of the Teachers’ theme is…
“Great Teaching Is Never Forgotten.”
California’s Day of the Teacher has its roots in the community and is patterned after the celebration of the traditional “El Dia del Maestro,” which is observed in Mexico and Latin America countries. Our California’s Day of the Teacher arose out of legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982. Since then, this event honors the instructional excellence[s] in our public schools, community colleges and universities.
California communities share our goals for quality public schools and recognize public education is the cornerstone for strong communities. Students are at the center of everything we do and as committed, caring education professionals, we look forward to building relationships with parents, community organizations, local businesses, other unions, the faith community and senior citizens. We are all part of a community and we will best succeed when we work together.”
HDTA leadership echos all of these sentiments; we work with an incredible, amazing group of educators and we appreciate all you do for the students of this valley.