Tuesday, May 5, 2020

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 is unlike any we have ever seen.   I also believe that in this year of The Great Pandemic of 2020, teachers are more appreciated than they have ever been.  Teachers are finally receiving the thanks they deserve for all they do each day for kids!

I loved teaching high school English and Theater for 37 years, as well as directing shows and musicals for 20 years, and coaching Varsity Boys’ Golf for 33 years.  Although I was not ready to retire, I needed to retire in June of 2011 when my husband was dying from stage 4 colon cancer.  9 years later, besides missing my husband, I still miss being in the classroom.  Teaching is still the thing I love to do the most, and thank goodness, I can still be in classrooms with my 2 books!

For Teacher Appreciation Week this year, I want to give a big shout out to all my former colleagues at North Allegheny School District, who unequivocally support their students and each other every single day.  I also want to recognize every teacher who became a teacher because of that one influential teacher in their lives.  (When I retired, more than 20 of my talented district colleagues were also my former students.  A teacher can receive no greater compliment.)  And to EVERY teacher who is reinventing their in-person teaching methods to online presentations, YOU ROCK! 

I will close with one of my favorite quotes: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams

Your influence will ripple on through eternity.  Thanks for choosing to be a teacher.

Dede Rittman
Teacher, Author, Speaker
President, Rittman Publishing, LLC
Student Teaching: The Inside Scoop from a Master Teacher www.dederittman.com
Grady Gets Glasses www.gradygetsglasses.com
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As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.

Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

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