By Cari Cornelius, Gateway News

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Every year- the first week of May, teachers around the nation are honored for their passion and dedication to teaching our children. A tradition since 1984, this year marks the 35th anniversary of National Teacher Appreciation week. 

The Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) Thank-a-Teacher week theme for this year is “Teachers are Out of This World” and urges us all to recognize those who ‘play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.’ Let’s show our gratitude to these stellar educators. Blast off with us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week and send us your stories and pictures about your favorite educators. We will feature these stories in our next edition!

In honor of National Teacher week, here is a short poem from Roald Dahl-

“My Teacher wasn’t half as nice as yours”

‘My teacher wasn't half as nice as yours seems to be.
His name was Mister Unsworth and he taught us history.
And when you didn't know a date he'd get you by the ear
And start to twist while you sat there quite paralysed with fear.
He'd twist and twist and twist your ear and twist it more and more.
Until at last the ear came off and landed on the floor.
Our class was full of one-eared boys. I'm certain there were eight.
Who'd had them twisted off because they didn't know a date.
So let us now praise teachers who today are all so fine
And yours in particular is totally divine.’