Today (Tuesday, May 7th) is National Teacher Day and this week (May 6th – 10th) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Each year, we get this opportunity to recognize and say “thank you” to the dedicated teachers in our schools who work to educate and inspire children. We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of highly-trained and qualified professionals who work both individually and collaboratively to improve their practice, ultimately creating impactful educational environments for kids. In what continues to be a challenging period for schools (changing standards, increasing demands, new technologies, added accountability, growing concerns about safety and security in our schools….and so much more), teachers in Deer Park rise to the challenge!

Fact is, teachers have incredible power as mentors in the lives of our kids. Yes, mentors serve as models for us, but in this case, I’m not talking about teachers as models of good teaching. The true power of teaching is in the capacity to awaken something within others, 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 often forget how important and meaningful a sincere “thank you” can be; each year, this day (and 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. Kids in Deer Park will continue to thrive and will be equipped for success because of the way our teachers invest in their lives. Our teachers make a difference each and every day and it’s a pleasure and an honor to work on their team!

Most Sincerely,



Travis Hanson | Superintendent

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