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Teacher Appreciation Week

Summary: We love our educators and staff year-round, but this is the week to celebrate our teachers!

Teacher Appreciation Week: Join us in celebrating our teachers across the district   

Times have been tough, but Seattle Public Schools teachers are tougher. Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) is our time to celebrate the daily sacrifices SPS teachers make for every student. 

Thank you, SPS educators, for your ingenuity, perseverance, and passion. We honor our teachers for going beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on our students. 

To uplift our educators, we asked you to shout out your favorite SPS teacher. We received dozens of messages from students, parents and colleagues sharing their appreciation for teachers around the district.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“In my opinion, Dano Beal (Alki Elementary) was the highlight of my year. He brings me such warm memories, and I feel like he is the best teacher I know. Now that I am older, I miss him dearly and honestly wish I was in his class every single year. He will always be, in my opinion, the best teacher I ever had. I remember he made everything fun; you could see how much he put into his work every day. I will always admire him and remember how he made school my favorite place to be. Thank you, Mr. Beal.”  

– Lucian Mondragon, Madison Middle School 

“Our daughter is a kindergartener in Alicia Ciocca’s (Arbor Heights Elementary) class, and she truly couldn’t have dreamed of a better first teacher! Mrs. Ciocca is patient, kind, clear, and sets high expectations for her students.  Our daughter comes home daily eager to tell us not only what she has learned academically but also how she has learned from Mrs. Ciocca how to treat others.  The way she loves and supports her students has created a classroom that our daughter cannot wait to be in every day. We are all so incredibly grateful for Mrs. Ciocca!” – Elizabeth & Christopher Maine, parents 

Maggie Shellenberger (Bryant Elementary) has been absolutely incredible with the kids this year. She hasn’t just done an amazing job teaching them but also nurturing their little souls. With all the unknowns and changes of this year she has made the transition for both us parents and students so smooth and so positive. She takes care of our kids like they are her own, and for that I will be forever grateful to her! She has been there for our kids in ways that will have a long-lasting effect on them. I cannot be more thankful knowing my daughter goes every day to a safe and loving space where she can express herself and feel encouraged to do whatever she puts her mind to!” – Ellen Boynton, parent 

“I really appreciated Richard Truax (Garfield High School) reaching out when my son was struggling with homework timeliness. It was helpful to be alerted to this problem and to get him the help he needed. This teacher really made a difference!” – Ruth Michaelis, parent 

Pam Hartman (Whitman Middle School) really cares about all her students but especially her [English Language Learners]. She often goes above and beyond to get them registered for sports, camps, or scholarships. During the pandemic she often drove to their houses to deliver needed materials. Her students are fortunate to have her!” – Julie Trent, SPS staff 

Ying Huang (ReWA Women’s Alliance Preschool) is a very hard-working and dedicated dual-language teacher who goes above and beyond. She is very kind to her coworkers and always able to lend a helping hand. Her sacrifices do not go unnoticed. She truly cares about her students.” – Monica Washington, SPS staff 

Samuel Barnes (Hawthorne Elementary) offers kindness and support in just the ways our son needs to help him succeed. He is so positive and truly cares about each child and what makes them unique. He sees and celebrates each student’s strengths, even if they aren’t yet fine-tuned to show up in acceptable ways. He centers equity and justice and promotes discussions, learning and reflection to help even our kindergartens embrace social justice and anti-racisim.” – Sara Robitaille, parent 

Help celebrate the teachers in your life by sharing a message on social media and tagging @SeattlePublicSchools and using our #ThankATeacher hashtag. Follow Seattle Public Schools on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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