Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.”
That axiom proved its truth at last week’s annual Student Choice Awards teachers’ appreciation banquet at Abundant Life Assembly of God, where 25 young members of the church in elementary through high school spoke of their “awesome and inspiring teachers” who not only shared information, but were sometimes “hilarious,” sometimes tough and sometimes gentle, but always left their mark.
The Rev. Alex Lucero, pastor of the church, said when they first started the awards banquet, they questioned if, as a church, they should be honoring teachers. They decided to go ahead because teachers need to know what they do makes a difference.
“You have a profound effect on our kids. We really like you guys,” Lucero told the teachers, who came not only from public schools, but from charter schools, parochial schools and home schools.
Lucero told the teachers the church gets its young people for just a few moments, but teachers have them for a much longer time. “We have our component, but you build the structure to implement what we try to teach them.”
He said, “You have done things in their lives which have created a legacy. It’s hard to see that, when you have so many things coming in on you.”
Lucero shared the story of Julia Morgan, one of the first female architects of the 20th century, who designed 600-700 buildings to the owner’s specification, even though it didn’t give her glory.
Lucero said she worked with what she had, and like Morgan, teachers “take what you get and it’s different every year. It take guts to do that.”
Davis school District Assistant Superintendent Paul Waite compared the role of today’s teachers to those of bygone eras. In 1872, male teachers could take one day weekly for courting, and that female teachers could not be married or engaged. After five years, they would receive a 25 cent a week raise.
By 1915, things hadn’t changed a lot. Teachers could not loiter in the ice cream store.
Today the list of requirements for teachers is endless and involves knowledge of a lot of areas.
Waite said, “Every teacher recognized tonight is a master teacher, who does things well.” He said from a student’s perspective, a favorite teacher is a favorite because he or she cares about me.”