October 5, is World Teachers’ Day, a day we acknowledge the dedication and passion of our educators. This morning, 64,000 students across Waterloo Region made their way to school. They entered classrooms excited and ready to learn. In each classroom, our incredible teachers have lessons prepared, smiles on their faces, and are ready to start the day. Teachers are the foundation of education at the WRDSB.

The theme selected by UNESCO for this year is “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” This day provides an opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of our achievements, and to address some of the issues central to attracting and keeping the brightest minds and talents in the profession.

The teachers in our district explore many professional learning opportunities throughout the year, expand their knowledge, support our strategic plan, and acquire new skills that benefit the learning outcomes of their students. On their own time, they organize clubs that support students’ interests and coach teams which foster good sportsmanship and build important life skills. But most importantly, they create safe, equitable and inclusive learning environments where students experience a strong sense of belonging and connection – a space where they will succeed and reach their potential.

I would like to wish all of our teachers and educators a Happy World Teachers’ Day. You provide value and enrichment to our students, our community, and our future. Thank you for all you do as you grow and learn with our students – making a difference for each and every one.

John Bryant
Director of Education
Waterloo Region District School Board

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