May 12 2023

IT Leaders Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with Shoutouts

Stories on life-changing lessons abound as participants remember and thank their former educators.

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.

DIVE DEEPER: Technology supports personalized learning in K–12 schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Chaur Jacobson, Instructional Coach at Turner Unified School District in Kansas, says her fifth grade teacher empowered her to believe she could be successful.


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.


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.


CDW Marketing Coordinator Anthony Conde celebrates how he was inspired by his English language arts teacher.

UP NEXT: Explore expert strategies on combatting burnout and improving teacher retention.

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