This week (May 2-6) 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. There’s certainly no doubt that it’s been a difficult couple of years for just about everyone. But amidst the challenges, we’re proud of the ways teachers in Deer Park have stepped up to offer in-person instruction and remote experiences to students throughout the pandemic. 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 complex and 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 gain confidence and 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. What a pleasure to honor our teachers this week!

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