Teachers in K–12 education today suffer from the highest burnout rates in the country, and it comes as no surprise. They’re helping students work through mental health lows while trying to manage their own stress from the pandemic. They’re fielding questions and uncertainty about new technologies such as artificial intelligence tools. At the same time, they’re championing integrated technology, personalized learning and online safety.
Teachers should be celebrated year-round for their hard work and dedication. That’s why this year, EdTech started the teacher appreciation conversation early. We asked attendees at the FETC and TCEA conferences about the teachers in their life they wanted to thank.
Some chose to thank teachers they’ve worked with.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 10, 2023
Laura Boone, Collaborative Manager for CDW Amplified™ for Education, thanks Stephanie Shamy, a teacher at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Unified School District.
Others shared how former teachers inspired their career paths.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 12, 2023
Nicole Acevedo, Curriculum Product Manager at Vivacity Tech, thanks her kindergarten teacher for inspiring her to read.
Many remembered teachers who taught them life lessons or helped them achieve success in the classroom.
You may learn more from a teacher than what was in the lesson plan.@CDW_EdStrats’ Jacob Wilson III shares how his art teacher, who was also his tennis coach, made him believe in himself. #TeacherAppreciationWeek pic.twitter.com/QwVYhIslF8
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 9, 2023
CDW Education Strategist Jacob Wilson III reflects on life lessons learned from his tennis coach and art teacher at Hampton (Va.) City Schools, Alvis Mann.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 7, 2023
Chaur Jacobson, Instructional Coach at Turner Unified School District in Kansas, says her fifth grade teacher empowered her to believe she could be successful.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 8, 2023
Ari Flewelling, Education Professional Development Manager for CDW Education, shares how Ryan Duckworth, a music educator at California’s Colton Joint Unified School District, helped her find her place in high school.
Thanking an old mentor for teaching verse / IT leader Mr. Fraize spoke fondly. #ThankYouTeachers for more than just good grades / This week we work to celebrate your worth.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 11, 2023
William Fraize, IT Operations Manager at The Villages Charter School in Florida, reminisces on his first A-plus in English and lessons in iambic pentameter.
— EdTech K–12 Magazine (@EdTech_K12) May 13, 2023
CDW Marketing Coordinator Anthony Conde celebrates how he was inspired by his English language arts teacher.