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A Love Letter to Teachers

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Known by many names—mentor, instructor, professor, or teacher—you’re driven to action by one force: to inspire and educate the future. This is an immense task and, in our Information Age, it is one that is constantly changing. Yet, you persevere.

Over the course of my career in education, I’ve encountered many teachers who not only passionately instruct and educate, but strive to adapt to the increasing rate of change in technology and methodology. All of this is done in the name of student success.  

In fact, I remember a professor from my undergraduate days whose forward-thinking methods changed my worldview and her class marked a turning point in my maturity. This professor challenged my core beliefs, stretched my awareness, and encouraged me to use critical thinking and argument theory long before these methods were in vogue.

Looking back, it’s easy to see that the skills she taught in that class are critical in life. They not only strengthen a person’s approach to complex problems, but can shape the character of who that person will become.

With this in mind, I wanted to take the time this Teacher Appreciation Week to express our gratitude and admiration for everything it is that teachers do.

The work you do is an invaluable asset on the road to progress.  Make no mistake, you are affecting change and shaping the future of civilization every day, but the good news is that you’re not in it alone.

We’re here with you—ready to support your needs, tackle your challenges, and ease your burdens—every step of the way.  

All the best,

Ken Michaels

About the Author
Before taking on the role of Macmillan Learning's CEO, Ken was responsible for supporting Macmillan Science and Education's new business structure and ensuring global operational excellence in his role as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Hachette Book Group, spent 12 years in various Executive Management roles for the McGraw-Hill Companies, and also spent 12 years at General Electric. Ken holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration, an MBA, and is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program.
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