If you think about where you are today and maybe even who you are today, chances are that your life was touched by two unsung heroes of society: teachers and nurses. These individuals devote their lives to care and provide for our children and the sick—a few of the most vulnerable groups in our society. This is why it is so important to thank Ohio’s teachers and nurses for their selfless and often challenging work.


The second week of May is designated as both Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Week, intended to recognize these professionals and their admirable contribution to our communities. One week in a year is not nearly enough to appropriately express our gratitude, but it does provide a focused time of reflecting on all that teachers and nurses do on a daily basis. 


During my college years at Mount Union, I clearly recall several professors who influenced my career trajectory and served as valuable mentors both in and out of the classroom. And as a lifelong resident of central Ohio, I grew up being educated by teachers who instilled within me a love for learning and the importance of strong character from an early age. Ohio’s teachers play a crucial role in preparing their students to become the next generation of leaders and productive citizens.


Nurses, too, contribute greatly to our communities. Often the first line of communication at medical facilities, these individuals provide vital expertise, professional care, and compassion that helps put the sick at ease in tough times. In a world without nurses, where would we turn? The truth is, without the kind and informed care of dedicated nurses, our ability to carry on healthy and fulfilling lives would be seriously jeopardized.


As the seasons change and the flowers begin to bloom all around us, it is a fitting time to recognize those who tend to large segments of our population in directly influential ways. This May, remember to thank a teacher or nurse for all they do—whether it is your child’s elementary school teacher or the nurse who takes your vitals at your next medical appointment. Though only a small token of gratitude, it can go a long way in demonstrating our appreciation for Ohio’s teachers and nurses, which they deserve every day!

 
 
 
  
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