We recently mentioned stopping by Riverton elementary in Madison County to see second-year teacher Caitlyn Shields getting her room ready for her incoming kindergarten class.

So here is her finished product, the result of many hours (and dollars) of work by Caitlyn with lots of help from proud mom, Melissa Shields, a veteran educator.

Caitlyn worked a weekend job this summer to support her “habit” of being the best teacher she can be.

She is hardly unique.  With a new school year now just days away, there are thousands of examples of teachers like Caitlyn who work quietly and diligently to ready for another school year.

And I have to wonder how many of the “instant experts” who make speeches about what is needed to fix education pause long enough from beating their chest to volunteer to help a teacher.