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Teacher’s Appreciation Week Highlights Those Who Impact Our Lives And Our Children’s Lives

Teacher Appreciation Week began on Monday, May 3, and ends on Friday, May 7th. Parents, students, and alumni are encouraged to reach out to teachers to express their thanks and appreciation.

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Kindergarten teacher Ginger Bolen teaches a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning at Boone Elementary School in South Austin.

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The entire United States education system went over a sudden and drastic overhaul in the past year. Teachers suddenly needed to become experts at keeping their student’s attention online, competing with video games, other websites, and even the simple refusal of an entire classroom to turn on their cameras so they are left teaching a silent room without minimal response. And yet teachers still go to work, attempting to be everything to their students- a source of learning, entertainment, comfort, and support.

In this episode, we opened our lines for listeners of Town Square to share their stories of their favorite teachers. Phones rang off the hook with listeners expressing their gratitude and the life-changing impact teachers have had on their lives. Some educations set some of our listeners on a path to becoming a doctor or a lawyer, and another who shared how simply voting for their preferred, and losing candidate, cemented a lesson in conviction.

Teachers also called in to remind us that appreciation, from students, parents, and administrators, can go a long way as they guide the next generation of Americans.

  • Teachers ensure students have their masks on correctly on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. (Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune)
    Teachers ensure students have their masks on correctly on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. (Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune)
  • Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Hogan instructs students to make a bubble of room between other students on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. (Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune)
    Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Hogan instructs students to make a bubble of room between other students on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. (Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune)
  • Science teachers Ann Darby, left, and Rosa Herrera check in students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School on July 14. (Photo Credit: LM OTERO / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
    Science teachers Ann Darby, left, and Rosa Herrera check in students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School on July 14. (Photo Credit: LM OTERO / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
  • AyaanTeacherSitting (Photo Credit: Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)
    AyaanTeacherSitting (Photo Credit: Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)
  • More than 600 children attend pre-kindergarten through first grade at Neff Early Learning Center. It is a rare school in Texas because the entire campus follows an inclusive learning model. (Photo Credit: Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)
    More than 600 children attend pre-kindergarten through first grade at Neff Early Learning Center. It is a rare school in Texas because the entire campus follows an inclusive learning model. (Photo Credit: Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)

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