At this closing of May, National Teacher Appreciation Month, I am reflecting on the hard work and dedication of the BFS teaching staff. When thinking about the work of our teachers, what comes to my mind first is the emotional labor required for working in an early childhood classroom. The teachers enter their room every day and make themselves emotionally available to the very pressing needs of multiple children. Working people generally put aside their emotional selves to engage in their vocation, but teaching young children requires you to draw from it deeply to function and be successful. Early childhood teachers have to constantly replenish patience, compassion and a deep well of love, as young children need this connection to learn, grow and thrive. On the foundation of this connection, all of the domains of learning are built and ready to be explored.