As this year draws to a close, I want to thank each of you for all that you have done in the face of so many challenges.
You have learned to navigate new technology platforms and found ways to adapt your use of them to meet the needs of your students. You have taken every single lesson that you have ever taught and turned it on its head, recreating something that was already fabulous into something totally new and different. You have worked harder than ever at forming relationships with your students and building a community, knowing the loneliness and isolation that they have faced. You have spent countless hours reaching out to students and families to help your students be successful. You have worked tirelessly to make sure that your students have access to devices and broadband, to iron out technical difficulties that they have encountered. You have worked to make sure that your students have materials, creating countless Donors Choose projects to get your students books and manipulatives and all manner of other materials. You have worked to make sure that your students have food and clothing as their families have been hit by job losses. You have checked in on students and families who have become ill. You have been a steady, supportive anchor for kids who have faced such a challenging year.
While doing all of this, you have supported and mentored your colleagues. You have led professional development sessions for national organizations, for the district in which you work, and for your school. You have worked as Department Chairs and Instructional Council leadership to find the best way forward for your school. You have led Professional Learning Communities. You have shared your expertise on Twitter and in Blogs. You have shared lessons that you have created.
You have done all of this while also carrying the burdens that this pandemic has placed upon you and your own family.
Each and every one of you is amazing and I am so grateful to you for all that you have done this year.