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    Superintendent Denise Juneau Thanks Teachers
    Posted on 05/08/2020

    Superintendent Denise Juneau Thanks Teachers and Families!

    Dear Families and SPS Teachers,

    As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude to SPS families and parents. You are your child’s first and most important lifelong teachers. Never has our connection and relationship with you mattered more.

    Without little notice, you became a co-educator. It wasn’t something you asked for. It wasn’t something you were fully prepared to do. Together, we will help all students thrive and successfully learn during this time.

    Thank you from all of us at SPS.


    Teacher Appreciation Week May 4 - 8, 2020

    May 4 through 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week and across the nation and here at home we will be celebrating teachers.

    None of us could have imagined when we began this school year that school and our lives would be so profoundly disrupted. And though there wasn't a clear roadmap, I had faith in our educators and your ability to support students and families during these extraordinary times. I can't imagine a better group of professionals to guide and support our students now, and when we finally get to come back together in our classrooms.

    You have risen to the challenge. You have continued to put our students first, to give them hope, connection, love, and the academic supports they need to follow their dreams. You are doing whatever it takes to ensure that every child achieves their full potential in any learning environment. You've created learning videos, posted online student lunches, engage directly with families through phone calls, texts, and email, dropped off lessons at student’s homes, held birthday celebrations, and you have continued to center students furthest from educational justice in your work.

    You are a lifeline for so many students and families right now, and I'm deeply grateful for that.

    You're doing all of this while balancing your own home life, caring for loved ones, and in some cases, educating your own children. You have shared how you are missing your classroom, your students, your colleagues, and important school-related events. This closure is difficult for everyone and it doesn't feel fair at times. I understand this and I'll do whatever I can to support you.

    Thank you for stepping up. Thank you for supporting your students academically and doing whatever it takes to keep them engaged and learning. But most of all, thank you for making sure that your students know they are loved, seen, and valued. I couldn't be prouder of Seattle Public Schools and our educators than I am right now.

    To our SPS families:

    You are now co-educators with us. You are setting schedules, guiding your children through this pandemic, juggling work and learning, and figuring things out right alongside of us. This week of educator appreciation is for you too and for everything you are doing to hold things together until we can be together again. We see you and appreciate you.

    As we celebrate this week, please honor an educator by posting a message on social media, tagging Seattle Public Schools and using the hashtag #ThanksSPSEducators. Thank you for everything that you do and will continue to do. We all appreciate you.

    Superintendent Denise Juneau

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    Thank You SPS Educators! from Seattle Public Schools TV on Vimeo.