If a visitor came to the United States from another country at the beginning of May, what would he or she think of Teacher Appreciation Week? Most countries revere their teachers. Here in the United States, we blame teachers for everything wrong with our children and educational system. Yet, once a year, we claim to appreciate them. Would the visitor be confused? I\u2019m confused, and I\u2019ve lived in the state of Connecticut my entire life. In spite of the disconnect between the celebration and the practice in this country, the formal opportunity to pause and reflect on my own son\u2019s education is welcome. I am a grateful parent of a 6-year-old special needs student at Long Hill School in Shelton. Gone well beyond their job descriptions The professionals who work with my son every day have gone well beyond their job descriptions to enable my son to reach his fullest potential. Their dedication continues to inspire me as a parent and a professional. I am confident such educators are not confined to Shelton; nor are they limited to a particular grade or department. There are teachers all over the country, in cities, towns and rural communities, who care about their students and want them to succeed. However, these teachers are not my son\u2019s teachers. My son\u2019s teachers have touched his mind and heart. For that, I am eternally grateful. Donna Robinson-Molnar is a\u00a0Shelton resident.