Nicholas Sparks wrote in his best selling novel “Dear John,” “they inspire you, they entertain you and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.” What he was describing was the work of a teacher. These men and women give of themselves each and every day, so of course we should take time to honor them.
One group recently did just that for one of the educators. The Mountain View School District in California took the time out to honor one of their own. That employee was Roberto Lopez. Mr. Lopez is much more than “just” an employee to the district. He has literally had a hand in molding the lives of thousands of students who have walked the halls of their schools.
Mr. Lopez has been with the district for more than three decades and shows no signs of slowing down or stopping any time soon. Parents in the district are proud to have him as a role model to their children. For those nearly 30 years, Mr. Lopez has held a variety of positions that helped in the betterment of the children in that area. Roberto Lopez started with the district as an instructional aide. From there he eventually became a teacher, graduated to become an assistant principal, principal and eventually a director within the district. The district describes him as an “excellent hard-working, dedicated administrator whose heart is always with the students.”
Sometimes these school districts feel that more than words are needed to show their respect to their faculty. Recently the Mountain View School District did just that for Roberto Lopez. The district honored Mr. Lopez with a special award, naming him the “District-At-Large Administrator of the Year.” For Lopez , it certainly isn’t about the award, for him and the countless others the reward comes when they see a student graduate and achieve their own success. That being said, it is still nice to recognize someone for their hardwork.
When the district gave him his award it came in the form of a plaque, a plaque that was part of the Presenta Plaque line of plaque kits. Not only is it visually appealing, but the plaque is made from high quality materials and presents itself beautifully.
These plaques mean something to those on the receiving end. Not only is it something they can display proudly on their walls at either home or their office, but it shows that someone else took notice in their good work. It is such a simple gesture but it says so much to the recipient. People don’t need recognition, but they appreciate it. It shows them and others that they did a “good job” and who doesn’t deserve or like that.
So the next time you or your child achieve a special achievement in school, think back to the teacher that helped get them there. It may not be a plaque you deliver, but perhaps a simple “thank you” for a job well done! A simple gesture that really does go a long way.