Thank A Teacher...Special Edition
November 19, 2020
Message from the Superintendent - "Thank a Teacher Week"
To the Trussville City Schools Faculty and Staff,
Finding the words to express my deep gratitude for each of you this year is an extraordinary task! I will start by saying I am so proud of everyone for stepping into new roles and new contingency plans for educating safely during a pandemic. Leading, teaching and managing a school system during a global pandemic is new to all of us. I admire the way we have understood the seriousness of the health crisis, followed through with the safety plan, reopened school and stayed open for the families and the students. Thank you.
We have learned many things in the last 8 months. We have had a crash course in COVID-19 and the way the virus must be mitigated in the school setting. We have learned to adapt in our schools and our classrooms to keep everyone safe. We have learned that education is part of the engine that drives our economy in many ways. We have learned that face-to-face instruction is better than remote learning for the majority of students. We have worked hard to synchronize remote learning with face-to-face learning to ensure equity for students in all learning options. We’ve learned how to communicate with our students from behind a mask or a video camera. We learned that schools are places where children can be loved, educated, fed and kept safe no matter what happens outside of school. We have learned and will learn many other things as the rules and metrics change during this journey.
I appreciate your extraordinary response to all of the changes and challenges as we worked to maintain our purpose in caring and supporting each other while educating children during a health crisis. These are challenges and adaptations that we will never forget. Among the prominent traits that have emerged from within us during this crisis are professionalism, grace, flexibility, adaptability, perseverance, and love for our students.
Our challenges continue, and I want to thank you all for being so competent and incredible during 2020. Amid the chaos and uncertainty, thank you for fulfilling roles within Trussville City Schools that we could not have imagined a year ago. As the holidays approach, I pray that you enjoy each day, get some much-needed rest, and know that your administrators, the Board of Education, and I appreciate you as we work hard to support the health and well-being of everyone in Trussville City Schools. I am so proud to work alongside each of you. Working together means winning together! You are the best!
With sincere appreciation,
Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent
Trussville City Schools