Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. May 2019

Learning to Be Grateful

Some Ways to Help Children Appreciate Their Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6–10 this year, and there are plenty of ways students of all ages can thank their educators for everything they do. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job, and the people who make it their profession are passionate about helping kids learn. Depending on how old your child is, they may need a parent’s help in showing their appreciation. Here are a few ways parents and children can appreciate teachers together.

THANK-YOU NOTES This gesture is simple and sweet and can be very thoughtful. Telling a teacher what makes them outstanding can often be just as valuable as a gift. Help your child write an appreciative note and then write one yourself. Teachers often have to maintain the happiness of students, administrators, and parents. Your card could relieve some of the stress of that balancing act and let them know that you acknowledge their efforts. A HOMEMADE MEAL Making a homemade meal (or dessert) shows teachers that you went the extra mile to appreciate their hard work. You could make a favorite dish of yours or try to find a new recipe online. Either way, encourage your child to help you with the process so that the meal is truly a gift from both of you. DONATING SCHOOL SUPPLIES Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies for their classroom. This is just one of the ways teachers go above and beyond on a

daily basis, and buying some extra school supplies can help ease that cost. Take your child shopping with you and help them pick out supplies that you know their teacher will appreciate. Your children spend several hours a day with their teachers, so fostering relationships with them is vital. Use this day to help your children understand the importance of teachers, to teach them the power of gratitude, and to encourage them to show respect for everyone who helps them in life.

The last time we checked in with Tammy Broome, she was a new legal secretary/ receptionist at our practice. She’s now nearing her first anniversary, and we wanted to check in with her to see what her experience has been like.

them warmly makes all the difference in the world. Tammy understands that the way we treat people is just as important as the results we deliver. While Tammy’s fully settled in at this point, she’s far from complacent.“I learn new things every day,” she notes.“It’s one of the best parts about working here. I feel like I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of my full potential.” Tammy is also approaching another super important milestone, one that has nothing to do with work. She and her husband, Derrill, are about to commemorate one year since tying the knot. Derrill is also a fan of Tammy’s new job.“I have a regular schedule now, so we get to spend our weekends together,” she says.“We love going on picnics and scenic drives together, which never would’ve been possible at my old job.” We’re so glad to hear you are enjoying your job, Tammy. We certainly enjoy having you. Here’s to many more great years for all of us, Derrill included.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating,” Tammy says,“but the

experience here has been nothing short of wonderful. Jim and the team have set a great example from day one, made me feel welcome, and empowered me to do my job in the best way possible. Who could ask for more than that?” Tammy immediately excelled in her role, but as she’s gotten more comfortable, we’ve only grown more impressed with her skills and demeanor. What’s Tammy’s secret to success? “I would say my main duty is to make our clients feel like they are being treated like actual human beings,” she says.“We are often treated like little more than numbers at so many places we go. I don’t want anyone to feel that way when they come into our office.” Sometimes, simply taking the time to learn somebody’s name so you can greet

An Update With Tammy Broome See How Our Legal Secretary Is Settling In

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