Teaching: Appreciation like no other profession

Disclaimer: This initiative initially was launched and coordinated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, which in 2022 merged with and became the Charles Butt Foundation.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, a perfect time to introduce our second installment of our “Voices on Teaching” series. This series features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future.

Rick Rodriguez, an assistant superintendent for human resources at Lubbock ISD, explains why, for teachers, fulfillment isn’t about money, a certificate, or an award. Rather, it’s when a child, the hardest one a teacher has ever taught, comes back and says, “Thanks, you saved my life.”