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I am so honored to have spent my life and my career working with teachers. This week, Teacher Appreciation Week, is probably a good time to take stock of all the incredible accomplishments that teachers make and contribute to our way of life.

When I was a kid at school, many years ago, I can remember the names of the teachers who significantly changed my life and nudged me in the right direction.  Miss Clark, Ms. Treganzer, and Mr. Spinks.  They all helped me on my journey and gave me a better sense of direction and perspective.  That’s what teachers do.  Doctors mend things when they’re broken.  Teachers nurture and create paths of understanding.  They are our influencers.  They get to watch us mature and grow and graduate and become adults.  They help send us to college and ultimately, they guide and help us form careers that we could not sometimes have even imagined.  They take us on trips to explore new places and open our eyes to different cultures. They plant the seeds that will grow our understanding. They teach us tolerance and open our eyes to different ways of looking at things.  Solving puzzles every single day long after school has finished.  Their passion for their subject, across the spectrum from language to science is part of a shared journey.  As we come out of this pandemic.  As we begin to surface and look back we should all be deeply grateful for our teachers who have adapted to a world of remote learning and who have tried to keep spirits up and student motivation high as we all  navigated these uncharted waters.

We are nearly out of the woods, but one thing is for sure a week is nowhere near long enough to celebrate the accomplishments of teachers.  So, hats off to our incredible band of educators! We have much to be thankful for.  Gracias. Grazie. Merci obrigato. Danka Schoen.

Deeply grateful.  Long may you run.



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ACIS MLK Global Teacher Conferences 2019

Next week we are about to embark upon our MLK weekend global teacher conferences. It’s a treat for us to travel to all of the places out there this year (Barcelona, Granada, Paris, Florence, Krakow, Panama, New Orleans), it’s a treat for us to meet with new faces and familiar faces, and it’s a treat for us to showcase some of the things that we do and some of the things we hope to do over the course of the next few months. The foundation of our business is based around this partnership between teachers and ourselves. This weekend is our way to say thank you, to listen, to learn, and hopefully, to give everyone an understanding of our culture.

I am always reminded that, most importantly, this is a weekend when we pay tribute to Martin Luther King and the things that he stood for. Furthermore, I am always reminded of the James Taylor song, “Shed a Little Light”.

Oh let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women, living on the earth….
That we are bound together
With a desire to see the world become
A place in which our children can grow free and strong
We are bound together by the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead…

Travel changes lives.