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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week


Dear Hempstead Bobcat Family,

I am proud to say I come from a family of educators - my parents and their siblings on both sides were all teachers. My childhood was filled with dinner-table conversations about what happened in class that day, both the good and the challenging moments, ad what they had planned for their students in the coming days.

Most people wouldn’t think that lesson planning would be part of your favorite memories from your younger days, but I watched my mother, a high school English teacher, meticulously work on lesson plans, grade papers, and prepare for the week each Sunday evening at the kitchen table. She always said she wanted her lesson plans just right so that she could ensure her students reached mastery. I witnessed the pride both my parents took in helping others and making a difference.

As I start my service as Superintendent of this wonderful school district I can’t help but be reflective of what makes great school districts - the teachers! Teachers are the heartbeat of our schools and work daily to mold and shape the minds of our future generation.

I knew I wanted to be a teacher because of what my parents modeled for me every day. Everything

wasn’t perfect for them, but they worked hard to get as close as they could to that one perfect moment of connection with their students. And I have already seen that in HISD. You plan effectively, build relationships, and ensure you have great instruction each day to support mastery for our students.

This week begins Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. Some have said teaching is not what it used to be. I do not buy into this. I still believe teaching is the best job any individual can have. I know the work is tough, but the rewards always outweigh the negatives. Hempstead ISD is blessed to have you, and I thank each of you for what you do for our students each day. Your work does not go unnoticed. Go Bobcats!

Herbert O’Neil 
Superintendent of Schools
Hempstead ISD