First, I thought about my wife, who teaches fifth grade at Highlandville Elementary. I am so proud of her, and the witness she is for the Lord in her school.
I also looked at all our other church folks standing up, and I was just overwhelmed with the fact that these people truly care for their students. You can see it on their faces. Every day they get up and do a very tough job, with very little appreciation, and they love on kids that don't often get a lot of love elsewhere. Most Christian teachers I know approach their job very much with the heart and mindset of a missionary. Many of us could learn a lot from teachers in this regard.
Finally, I thought about the students I had in my brief time as a teacher. What a fun time that was in my life. I loved those kids. And to this day, if they showed up on my doorstep, I'd do anything I could to help them. They're special to me, and they always will be. I'm not sure the average person understands how much a good teacher (there are always a few bad apples) truly cares for their students, and sacrifices for them.
Most of us can remember a teacher that had a positive impact on our life. If you know a good teacher (or your child is fortunate enough to have such a teacher) take the time to tell them "thank you," and say a prayer for them this week.