From the Superintendent



As you know, this is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Wednesday will be National School Nurse Day. I hope all of you have planned something this week to recognize these professionals for the essential “on the ground” work they do to help our kids be healthy and well-educated.

Please see more about National School Nurse Day below. I’ll focus this letter on teachers. You probably remember a special educator in your own life—one who made a subject unusually interesting or inspired you to do more than you thought you could. For me that was my high school Latin teacher, Helen Heller. I mention her often because she has shaped my entire career as an educator—especially my high expectations for what happens in our classrooms each day. After I lost my father as a high school senior, Mrs. Heller pushed me to pursue college. She believed in me more than I believed in myself.

I know that many things about a teacher’s world are evolving right now. From improved learning standards to new accountability systems, our teachers are being asked to do more than ever before. The teacher who will succeed in these new things will be one who truly believes, as Mrs. Heller did, that all students deserve to be successful. These teachers will have the internal drive and the external skills to keep striving for teaching excellence with every student, every day, year after year. These people will deserve our greatest esteem.

When you thank your teachers this week for their good work, I hope you’ll also help them feel excited about the work ahead. There is every reason to look forward to the challenges and opportunities the profession will hold for them in the years to come. Now is a great time to be a teacher.

Thank you for all you do for the girls and boys of Ohio.


Dr.  Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction