May 14, 2018
It was a big, big, exciting, happy weekend for the Watsons.
Cooper Kyle Watson graduated from Baylor University this past Saturday. He has a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Physics with a Math minor. He’ll start working on a PhD in Physics this next Fall at Baylor.
We’re enormously proud of him. He’s worked so very hard and done so very well.
Behind Every Great Student is a Great Teacher
It seems fitting and proper that on the week we celebrated Cooper graduating from college that we also had the chance to say “thank you” to the teachers that inspired him and countless other students to learn and achieve. (I know, Teacher Appreciation Week was last week, but I had to wait for the graduation pics!)
Cooper points to teachers like Ms. Shamaa Lakshmana, who taught him pre-algebra at Kealing Middle School here in Austin ISD. She and others motivated him to achieve his big goal.
I say it a lot, but it deserves repeating: We ask so much of our teachers and we give them so little assistance. We owe them so much more than a little something for Teacher Appreciation Week. We owe them our support they deserve.
What they really need is a Teacher Appreciation Legislative Session. One hundred forty days where we focus on passing legislation geared at supporting our teachers and giving them the resources they need to help student strive and thrive. We could give them a real pay raise, fix the broken health insurance system for both active teachers and retirees, assure that their voices are heard and addresses the dysfunctional school finance system.
To show appreciation for our teachers, we need action that demonstrates it. We need more than talk.