Appreciating Teachers

This week, May 4-8th is Teacher Appreciation Week and never has teacher appreciation been more needed or significant. Our teachers have been on the front line and in the middle of the pandemic continuing to prepare our greatest investment in the future – educating our children.

This school year, we’ve seen remarkable commitment, agility, and resilience in our teachers.  

Creating an online curriculum normally can require 6 months to a year and often by a team of teachers and IT professionals.  Yet, every teacher in every grade had to transform their in-person, classroom plans to remote learning in a week or two, even if they were not comfortable with the technology.  Teachers traditionally have the opportunity to assess and encourage each student in the classroom daily. Now, the only way to support student learning is to call, text, tweet, email, video conference, or drive by a house and cheerfully encourage students from a distance.  

Nothing prepared teachers for this transformation or environment.  

Yet, they all did it and are doing it every day, all day with many also working evenings and weekends—all because they love teaching and our children. Parents who have served as in-home teacher aides over the last month have shared in the experience and now celebrate teachers even more.

This week, find a teacher and say or do something special to show your appreciation.    Look for a teacher this week.  Clap for them. Buy them a meal. Shower them with thanks.  They deserve heaps of praise and gratitude….and hugs (but we can’t hug them right now).

Even though classrooms are empty, our teachers are still putting students first.
With all our hearts, thank you.

Want to thank your teacher?

  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools encourage students to share pictures and thank you notes to principals and teachers on social media using #wsfcsthankateacher.
  • NC Public Schools are asking people to show their appreciation statewide in a special way.  Among many other options, families can display lights in windows, on porches or in their yards to acknowledge their appreciation for teachers and staff.  Beginning at 8:20 pm on Tuesday, May 5, families are asked to shine the light for 20 minutes. NC Public Schools are encouraging people to share a picture of their lights on social media and use the hashtags #NCed and #NCLighthouseLeaders.