I was raised by teachers. After being a witness to my parents’ daily commitment, I became a teacher, too. Surely, every school must develop an appreciative culture to encourage retention. But, I think an appreciative culture says a lot about the values that undergird each school. Every employee of our schools — including teacher aides, substitute teachers, and other part-time employees — must receive compensation above-market rates (because DC is expensive!), comprehensive health coverage, and every resource needed to do their jobs. We ought to come together annually as a city to celebrate ALL teachers for their daily compassion, tenacity, and sacrifice.