Teacher Appreciation Week

Honoring Our Teacher Appreciation Week Winners

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read

This year’s Teacher Appreciation Week was a resounding success, filled with heartwarming stories and well-deserved recognition for the incredible educators in our lives. We asked our community to nominate teachers who embodied various admirable traits, and the responses were overwhelming. Today, we’re thrilled to honor the winners and shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of teaching.

Best Listener:

Julie Weaver, Kindergarten Teacher at Amboy Elementary in North Little Rock, AR

Listening is a cornerstone of effective teaching, and Julie Weaver exemplifies this quality by patiently listening to all the off-topic Kindergarten stories and continuing with her work.

Most Patient:

Julie Cressey Spradling, Montessori Resource Teacher at Bunche Montessori ECC in Fort Wayne, IN

Patience is a quality that every teacher must possess, and Julie Cressey Spradling embodies it wholeheartedly. Just take a look:

Most Creative:

Dinora Gonzalez, 8th Grade Math Teacher at Crockett Middle School in Irving, TX

Creativity is the spark that ignites a love for learning in students, and Dinora Gonzalez is clearly a master at this. Her nominator shared:

Most Collaborative:

Noah Raley, 6-8th Grade Teacher at Crockett Middle School in Irving, TX

Collaboration is essential in the teaching profession, and Noah Raley excels at fostering teamwork, so much so that he’s become an honorary member of a different department!

Best Communicator:

Savannah Bridgewater, Kindergarten Teacher at Foster Elementary in Kingwood, TX

Effective school-home communication is the cornerstone of student success, and Savannah Bridgewater is a comms queen:

What truly made this celebration special was the generosity of the nominators themselves. Rather than simply patting teachers on the back, they took the time to thoughtfully call out the specific gifts and qualities that make their colleagues and their students’ teachers stand out. Teaching is a profession centered around recognizing the unique skills and potential in others. So it was wonderful to have the opportunity to turn that recognition toward the teachers for a change.

The work of teaching has become progressively more challenging over the years, with increased demands and responsibilities. Yet teachers continue rising to meet those challenges with passion and perseverance. We see you, we appreciate you, and we celebrate your exceptional efforts. 

To all the teachers out there, thank you for your dedication and tireless work in nurturing the minds of our future generations. Your impact is immeasurable.

Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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