Since March we have seen much-deserved appreciation go to first responders, nurses, doctors, and health care workers. They deserve all of the recognition and support we can give them. Many of our parents are these front line workers. Thank you! But, there is another group of frontline workers we also need to recognize, our teachers. They pivoted as necessary throughout the spring to educate students virtually, and since August 20 they’ve gone above and beyond to keep children educated and engaged. Now, I’m asking for your help recognizing our Bryan ISD teachers who are truly stepping up, too.
With this in mind, I’m dedicating the week of September 28 as a special teacher appreciation week in Bryan ISD. I’d really like this to be a community-wide celebration of our teachers, but this can only happen with parent support. Here are some things you can do:
- Thank a teacher on social media using #ThankABryanISDTeacher. Tell a great story about how a teacher impacted your child, record a video of thanks with your child that you post and also share with the teacher, or post a great picture. The more we #ThankABryanISDTeacher the better.
- Write a note of thanks. There’s nothing better than a handwritten letter. Your on-campus student can bring the letter to class, or even better for children learning at-home or on-campus, mail the letter to the school. If you don’t feel like writing, you can send an email, too. A positive, uplifting email can really brighten a teacher’s day.
- Bring a teacher a gift. A small gift card, flowers, homemade cookies, an apple, you get the idea. It doesn’t need to be expensive. A little something thoughtful brought to school by your child, or dropped off by you, can make a huge difference.
- Simply say thanks. If you see a teacher on Zoom, or in the grocery store, take a minute to say thank you. That small thank you will go a long way.
We can’t do what we do without great parents. Thank you for supporting Bryan ISD, and helping us celebrate our teachers the week of September 28, and beyond. I can’t wait to hear all the creative ways our Bryan community can appreciate our teachers.
Dr. Christie Whitbeck
Bryan ISD Superintendent