The week of May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Week. Each spring, we get this opportunity to recognize and say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to the dedicated teachers in our schools who work to educate and inspire our children. In so many ways, it’s been a really difficult year for everyone. But amidst the challenges, I’ve been so incredibly proud of the ways teachers in Deer Park have stepped up to offer in-person instruction to students from day one of the school year. And, in addition to our in-person offering, a number of our teachers worked hard to offer a robust online program for families who needed that option. We are so fortunate to have a fantastic team of professionals who work both individually and collaboratively to improve their practice, ultimately creating impactful educational environments for kids. In what has been a difficult time for many of our students and families, teachers in Deer Park have risen to the challenge!

We all understand that teachers have incredible power as mentors in the lives of our kids. Mentors serve as models for us, but in this case, we’re not talking about teachers as models of good teaching. The true power of teaching is in their capacity to inspire, and it’s something we reclaim years later by recalling the impact our teachers had on us during our formative years. Just about every adult can think back to a teacher, or perhaps a number of teachers that inspired them, providing guidance and igniting a desire to learn and to aspire. It’s with this in mind that we celebrate our teachers – important people who helped us discover new things, and in many cases, helped us believe in ourselves.

We sometimes forget how important and meaningful a sincere “thank you” can be; each year, this week provides us with an opportunity to make sure our teachers know how much we appreciate their work and dedication. Please take a moment to reach out and say thanks to a teacher that’s made a difference in your life, or in the life of your child. On behalf of Deer Park’s Board of Directors and with deep personal conviction, I would like to thank and commend teachers in our schools for their efforts and their commitment to our students. I’ve spoken with so many of our teachers who miss your children and look forward to seeing classrooms full of kids in the fall. Even amidst the present circumstances, children in Deer Park will continue to thrive and will be equipped for success because of the way our teachers are reaching out from their homes – via phone, via email, and via video calls. What a pleasure to honor our teachers this week!




Travis W. Hanson | Superintendent

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