Teacher Appreciation Week

A message to teachers from South Dakota Department of Education Secretary Donald A. Kirkegaard:

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota, and I want to take this opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to all of South Dakota’s teachers. In my brief time as Secretary of Education, I have most enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to visit schools across our state. You are doing great things for kids in your classrooms, and I want you to know your work does not go unnoticed.

I know that teachers are keep-your-nose-to-the-grindstone types. And your work is not limited to the classroom. Between advising, coaching, lunch, recess, bus and all those myriad other “duties as assigned,” you might sometimes wonder, am I making a difference? Let me assure you, unequivocally, yes. You make a difference—every day.

During this special week, allow yourself some time to pause. Take a look around—at your students, your colleagues and your community. You impact all of them, and they are all better because of you.

Enjoy your week!

Donald A. Kirkegaard