Renewing Our Commitment to Changing Students' Lives

By TEA President Tanya T. Coats


As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we are tired. It’s ok to admit it. Acknowledging the tired doesn’t mean we are stopping.


In the midst of our journey, we encounter countless challenges. The educational landscape is dynamic, and navigating its complexities requires resilience and perseverance. However, let my words serve as a reminder that, despite the difficulties, our collective efforts shape the future. Every small step forward makes a significant impact.


In 2024, let us pledge to rise above limitations and not let policies or procedures define the purpose of our mission to educate children. The essence of education goes beyond mere transactions. It is about nurturing minds, fostering creativity, and instilling a love for learning.


Our commitment to this noble cause should not be overshadowed by external pressures, but instead fueled by our intrinsic desire to make a difference in the lives of the students we guide and love.


We are the experts in shaping minds and molding futures. Our dedication forms the foundation upon which the dreams of countless students are built.


As we step into 2024, let the knowledge that we are instrumental in shaping the world’s future drive us forward. Each lesson taught, every encouraging word spoken and guidance provided is a ripple that extends far beyond the confines of the classroom.


In the spirit of empowerment, let us collectively resolve to do more in 2024. Our influence extends beyond textbooks; it is about instilling confidence, resilience, and a thirst for knowledge in our students. The impact of an empowered educator reverberates through generations and transforms societies.


Let the spirit of inspiration, resilience, and empowerment guide your path. Remember, it’s ok to acknowledge the tired, but we have to keep each other going. Together we can overcome challenges and make a lasting impact.


And finally, let us also heed the wisdom of the Supremes and “reach out and touch somebody’s hand; make this world a better place if we can.” In the realm of education, this simple yet profound message encapsulates the spirit of connection and support that defines our noble profession. We, as educators, hold the power to uplift and inspire the next generation – much like the timeless lyrics of this iconic song – by fostering relationships, using resources wisely, retaining our dignity and gaining the respect we once held so dear.


So, let the chorus of the Supremes’ melody resonate in our hearts as we embrace the new year. By extending our hands in support, we create an environment where learning flourishes, students feel empowered to overcome obstacles and parents with the community are galvanized to protect public education. It is through these connections that we build bridges to success.


Here’s to doing more, reaching higher, and ensuring that the flame of knowledge burns brighter in 2024 and beyond.