Give Thanks for Teachers!

Tuesday, May 3 is Teacher Appreciation Day, and at Whetstone, we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the amazing teachers we work with and all of our teachers who got us to where we are today! At Whetstone, we took a moment to say thanks: Libby Fischer, CEO: I have many favorite teachers, but I think the one from whom I learned the most was Mrs. Routman. Mrs. Routman was a Kindergarten teacher at Hayes Cooper Academy in Merigold, Mississippi, where I taught for two years during Teach For America. I struggled A LOT as a first year teacher, and I spent many planning periods observing in Mrs. Routman's classroom to figure out what good teaching looks like. Mrs. Routman was an amazing teacher for many reasons, especially for how fun and engaging she made her lessons. Often during observations, I found myself just as entranced with the subject matter as the students were. There are so many things to learn as a new teacher, but her lessons continually reminded me that the true joy of being a teacher is helping students discover their own love of learning.

Cody Brumfield, CTO: Teachers, more than anyone, see the potential in every child and show infinite patience working with kids in tough situations. Teachers never give up on their students and their belief and example can make such a difference in a child’s life.

Allison Maudlin, Director of Marketing: Teachers really listen when kids have something to say. That's powerful and life changing. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Lizzie McDonald, Manager of Customer Success & Growth: My favorite teachers are also my role models. They’re people who, to this day, I continue to keep in touch with and appreciate for their commitment to helping me grow as a student and a person. I’m thankful for teachers today and every day!