Where would we be without teachers? We all have our favorites, those that made lasting impressions on us, those that helped us become who we are today. You sometimes hear about these amazing teachers at awards shows were an artist or star will remember a teacher who gave of their time and talent to help encourage, teach, and challenge them to be even better than they ever thought they could be.

While there's a good chance I will never be on an awards show, I have a list of teachers who were instrumental in my life. One of which is Dr. Mary Hardwick, a professor at Clarion University, who was not only my adviser but an amazing instructor. Of the many things she told me during my 4 years at college, she said that the greatest amount of freedom comes after the greatest amount of discipline. In other words, once you put in the work (and you have to put in the work),you learn your craft, whatever that may be, and then there's no limit to how far you can go. This one sentence has helped me over and over in my life

During Teacher Appreciation Week, this is the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the many great, dedicated teachers here in the Hudson Valley, whether they're at daycare, pre-school, elementary, secondary, or collegiate level. The National PTA is also encouraging all of us to do something a little extra for those special teachers in our lives as well as having a chance to win $100 Visa Gift card for supplies. Here's the details.

Thank you to all of the teachers, we appreciate you.