Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

Thank You Notebook

Teachers have gone above and beyond this year and deserve 1,000 thanks!  Add a “Thank You” note to our notebook below to spotlight a special teacher, then donate to support training scholarships for teachers in under-resourced schools!

Francis Scott Key Elementary Shout Out!

Lorraine Foster in Prince George's County wants to give a shout out to her 5th grade teammatesDr. Tina, Kress and LaTosha Sligh- science teachers at Francis Scott Key5th Grade Team at Francis Scott Key - Taneisha Castello, David Stuckey, Randall SchwartzAs well as Ms....

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Charice Chever

Thank you for all the extra effort you make to help the teachers at Boyd Elementary grow in experiential learning. I am amazed at the wonderful work you have done in creating a learning community committed to academic excellence.

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A “Thank You” Note from our CEO

A “Thank You” Note from our CEO

To all the teachers in our Out Teach community, THANK YOU for going above and beyond every day to make learning meaningful and fun. We appreciate you, and we are inspired by you. This year, in particular, you've worked so hard to provide students with something to...

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Out Teach Teachers

Dear Out Teach Teachers, You are leaders in your communities and change makers in your classrooms. In a year like no other, it has been powerful to watch you step up and create amazing learning opportunities for your students, despite all of the odds. I know that your...

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Alba Donis

I’m sure you don’t hear this enough, but you’re a really great elementary teacher! Feliz semana del maestro, amiga!

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Carmen Colon

You’re everything a teacher should be — kind, compassionate, patient, brilliant—and so much more! Feliz semana del maestro, amiga!

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Ms. Alfreda Cook and Ms. Mimi Wilson

Ms. Alfreda Cook and Ms. Mimi Wilson

Sending a big THANK YOU to Ms. Alfreda Cook (pictured, 5th grade Math) and Ms. Mimi Wilson (not pictured, High School Health Science) in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. They weren't my teachers, but they were my classmates from the amazing HHS Class of 1987. Both...

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Out Teach Texas Teacher of the Year – Eunynx Jacques

Out Teach Texas Teacher of the Year – Eunynx Jacques

Congratulations to Mr. Eunynx Jacques! Our Instructional Coaches in Texas have been incredibly impressed with your work and have named you our Texas Teacher of the Year! Deep in the heart of Texas, in Dallas ISD, the team at Henry B Gonzalez is dedicated to...

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Out Teach Georgia Teacher of the Year — Jenny Liu

Out Teach Georgia Teacher of the Year — Jenny Liu

Congratulations to Ms. Jenny Liu! Our Instructional Coaches in Georgia love your passion and dedication to your craft and have named you our Georgia Teacher of the Year! At Norton Park Elementary in Cobb County Schools, they strive for achievement through...

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Out Teach Maryland Teacher of the Year – Joy Hartman

Out Teach Maryland Teacher of the Year – Joy Hartman

Congratulations to Ms. Joy Hartman for being named our Teacher of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic! Our Instructional Coaches LOVE the way you get very young students engaged in STEM, and how you use that to boost learning in all subjects. Perched on a hill, Garrett...

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Mr. Martinez

Mr. Martinez, I learned so much in your 6th grade class! Thank you for introducing us to the Iliad along with Nikki Giovanni. I'm sorry I missed your retirement party.

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Kristine Jessup

Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into your lessons. Your passion for your students is inspiring!

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Jennifer White

Thank you for the astounding job you provide your students! You create an environment of trust!

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Christopher Chapman

You have made a great difference for all of your students. Because you care so much about them, you have directed them to trust themselves in all that they do and to become all that they dream!

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Ashley Springsteen

Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way!

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Melissa Black

Your love of learning ignited your students' curiosity and made learning much more fun!

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Lucuta Flomo

We all notice how hard you work as a teacher. We see what you do, and you make many sacrifices to be a great person and a great teacher, and we thank you for that!

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Kristi Harris

You are a truly amazing teacher who makes a difference in children’s lives every day!

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Sabrina Camp

Thank you for creating a space for your students to be themselves, and for being a positive example in their lives!

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Kia Gilliam

Thank you for being such a fantastic teacher! Thank you for helping your students explore new ways of doing things!

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Avaniben Patel

I’m so grateful to you for your patience, enthusiasm, and passion. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

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Melissa Amory

Thanks for being so kind and thoughtful! Thanks for your patience and for the quality of teaching you provide to your students each and every day.

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Natalie Figueroa

Thanks so much for being so passionate about teaching young children. I really appreciate your hard work!

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Janna Huynh

You are a real star! You put a lot of effort into everything you do and are very diligent. It has been fun working with you this year.

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Heather Dziato

It was great to work with you this year! You are so imaginative and creative, with great ideas. I loved all your contributions to our projects. You truly are a unique and talented person!

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Kioma Renaud

You are such a bright and cheerful person, and I enjoyed working with you this year! You bring a lot of enthusiasm and encourage your students to do the same.

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Megan Kratz

You might hear this all the time, but I don’t think it is said enough. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher!

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Isabella Sanchez-Pimienta

Thank you for the additional efforts you have made during this pandemic to ensure the children are not left behind at school. It is certainly not easy, but you make it appear effortless!

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Karen Ours

Thank you for an amazing year full of fun experiments and interesting lessons!

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Lemuel Colon-Vega

Thank you very much for all your hard work. I want you to know that all your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed!

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Milagros Rios

Thank you for challenging your students to their best and instilling them a passion for learning to excel!

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Gerika Luna

Thank you for not making your students learn the way you wanted to, but teaching the way they wanted to learn!

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Olufemi Jayeola

Thank you for all the fun activities you include in your classes to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun!

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Taylor Tilford

Taylor Tilford

Congrats to Taylor Tilford from @pole_ash for being nominated as an Out Teach Carolinas Teacher of the Year! She has been a great advocate for outdoor experiential learning for her students. Thanks for all you do for your students! #EducationIsOpen...

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Maria Martin

Maria Martin

Maria Martin from @WHES_Hawks in @DallasSchools has been nominated for the TX Out Teach Teacher of the Year!!! We have loved hearing about the experiments you have created for your in person & at home learners. Thanks for all you do! #EducationIsOpen...

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Brittany Conner

Great Teachers never try to be the best teachers. They simply bring out the best in their students. You definitely are one and I want you to know this. Thank you for everything.

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Ms. Sandra Rodriguez

Thank you Ms. Rodriguez for all you have done for our Bilingual students this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. I am so thankful to have you as one of our Bilingual teachers and appreciate all you do each...

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Ms. Maria Rosa Arribas

Thank you Ms. Arribas for all you have done for our students this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. Thank you, for all the fun activities you included in the class to enhance learning, proving the fact...

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Dan Stover

A special thanks to my favorite teacher, Dan Stover, who brought his lessons to life and cultivated a love for the outdoors and conservation. It has been 25 years since I was in Mr. Stover's sixth grade class, but we still stay in touch and his approach to teaching...

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Cristina Llamozas

Ms. Llamozas thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching our students during this tough academic school year. I have enjoyed being in your classroom from day one. I have seen how you have flourished and gone the extra mile for our kids.

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Jenny Powers

Jenny thank you for your excellent work this past year. I was excited when you were recognized by receiving the Drs. Singh and Bhuller Tri-Cities Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from The John Randolph Foundation. I wanted to drop you this note to recognize your...

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Vickie Villarroel

A good teacher is patient, kind, and thoughtful. You have been all of these and more to your students. Thank you!

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Virginia Lowe

You’re genuinely a phenomenal teacher. Thank you for really going the extra mile to help other teachers and students!

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Melissa Capets

Ms. Capets is an advocate for inquiry based science education not only in her classroom but throughout her school and district. Ms. Capets sees beyond the content and into the minds and curiosity of her students. In a year unlike any other she is still leading the...

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Ms. Shanice M. Wilson

Dear Ms. Wilson, I want to highlight your efforts as a phenomenal teacher. You've taught in-person & online, given directions to students, Zoomed me in for tutoring, and answered questions to parents where English was not their first language. All at the same...

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Stephanie Gonzalez Ramos

Stephanie Gonzalez Ramos

Stephanie Gonzalez from @PewWildcats encourages students to be the best they can be by modeling how working hard contributes to excellence and for that she has been nominated as the Mid-Atlantic Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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Gregg Franzwa

Thank you, Gregg. You were a mentor, friend, bandmate. But first, you were my teacher. You were the first to teach me how to think about thinking, and you sent my life on a new trajectory during a difficult time. You impacted so many of us, and we appreciate you.

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Joe Kuban

The memory of Dr. Joe Kuban (1950-2009) lives on for those who were inspired by his love and curiosity for the workings of the natural world. Camping trips to Big Bend, classroom humor and an equal measures of affinity for ecology and his students made science...

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Igone Moreno Igoa

Thank you, Ms. Moreno, for being such an amazing Science teacher this school year. Even though this school year's lessons have had to be virtual, you have still made Science come alive. You present the information in such an exciting way that students love to learn...

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Theresa Grass

Ms. Grass taught my 4th grade math class at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. She was the first to see my potential after many hard years at a different school, in fact I was repeating the 4th grade at that time. Her inspiration and the amazing...

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Megan Grierson

Megan Grierson

Megan Grierson from @stonemountainES proactively seeks out opportunities to enhance her instructional skills. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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Mrs. Adrienne Cruz in San Ramon, CA

Thank you so much for being such a kind, positive spirit through an extraordinary year and making remote learning = fun! Our son thrived in your virtual classroom, and we so appreciated the countless ways you brought creativity, innovation and engagement into the...

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Mr. Aho

Hi Mr. Aho! You have been extremely caring and you have cared about not just how I'm doing in school (although you do care about that a lot which is also great) but how I'm doing outside of school too. You have been an amazing teacher to have and I wish I could have...

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Ms. Gontovnick

Hi Ms. Gontovnick! I've enjoyed so much of our time together and I have especially enjoyed all of the inside jokes and songs we have made for ELA. I'm looking forward to the even better times to come. I now wish to send this note to you, so I shall now make it so....

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Madeline Respeliers

Madeline Respeliers

Congrats to Madeline Respeliers from @SCCAKnights for being nominated as an Out Teach TX Teacher of the Year! Your commitment to writing creative lesson plans and your dedication to your students is inspiring. Thanks for all you do! #EducationIsOpen...

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Muriel Himmelberger

Sending a big thank you to Mrs. Himmelberger (aka my Grammy) for teaching high school back in the day. Grammy is so kind, smart, and thoughtful - I know she inspired so many students in Berks County, PA when she taught them. Wish I could have had her as my teacher!...

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Joy Hartman

Joy Hartman

Joy Hartman from @Garrettheights2 infuses infectious enthusiasm into her teaching. In anticipation of hybrid learning, she incorporated the outdoors into every unit to share with her colleagues. She is a Mid-Atlantic Out Teach Teacher of the Year nominee....

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Kimeron Puckett at Shallowford Falls Elementary

Kimeron Puckett at Shallowford Falls Elementary

Thank you Mr. Puckett for keeping my 10-year-old, Kai, engaged and challenged during this very difficult year. You've helped him shine, pushed him to work his hardest, and kept him (and me!) laughing throughout all of it. You are one of the best and a teacher that...

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Mr. Eunynx Jacques

Mr. Eunynx Jacques

Shout out to Eunynx Jacques from @HBGonzalezPLA for being nominated for TX Out Teach Teacher of the Year! We love how you have embraced the Out Teach culture & provide your students with opportunities to explore every single day! #EducationIsOpen...

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Ms. Lois Rodgers

Ms. Lois Rodgers

Thank you, Ms. Rodgers, for sparking my interest in literature and making writing so meaningful and fun. I think of you often, appreciate you always, and am so grateful to have been one of your students. Some of my favorite memories are of the days you'd get so...

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Mrs. Kelly

Thank you to my wonderful 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Kelly, who helped inspire the whole class to read more. All these years later, and I haven't forgotten doing popcorn reading with the book "Frindle." I'm sure my love of reading can be traced all the way back to you!...

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Mrs. Dwight

I've heard it said that we learn our most important lessons in Kindergarten, and as a former student of Mrs. Dwight at Westrcreek Elementary in Fort Worth, TX I can confirm it is true! I still remember learning the letter sounds. For each new letter, Mrs. Dwight...

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Christine Rey

Christine Rey

Thank you to Christine Rey from @garrisondcps for your outstanding professionalism. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys learning from fellow educators and increasing awareness of educational equity. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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Sherea Cook

Thank you Ms. Cook for taking the time to get to know each of your students this year! You have worked tirelessly to ensure you stayed connected and engaged with your students, both virtually and in person. Because of you, Trevor has been excited about learning again,...

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Emily Broussard

Thank you Ms. Broussard for all you have done for Trevor this year! Your patience and guidance during such a hard time has helped more than you will ever know. We are so thankful to have you as one of Trevor's teachers and appreciate all you do each and every day!

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Ms. Walker

Ms. Walker

Kristiann Walker from @APSHAES in @apsupdate consistently engages and inspires her scholars. That is why she has been nominated as the Southeast Out Teach Teacher of the Year. #EducationIsOpen #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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Susan Gleeson

Susan Gleeson

Congrats to Susan Gleeson from @faystreetelem in @DurhamPublicSch for being nominated as Carolinas Out Teach Teacher of the Year. We love your dedication to outdoor experiential learning and your students. Thank you for all you do! #EducationIsOpen...

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Jazmine Witherspoon

Jazmine Witherspoon

Our first Out Teach TX Teacher of the Year Nominee is Jazmine Witherspoon from @SolarSTEAMGirls in @Dallasschools. We love your positive attitude, enthusiasm, and dedication to creativity in the classroom. Thanks for all you do! You rock! #EducationIsOpen...

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Mrs Conchita

Thank you for your dedication and for challenging me, supporting me, lifting me up, calling me out, and for not letting me give up. You did all those things with kindness and a caring spirit that stayed with me always. It is because of teachers like you that lives are...

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Educator Spotlight — Principal Potter

Principal Potter at Walnut Hill Elementary has been going above and beyond all year to help make sure #EducationIsOpen for his students. Recently, that involved distributing hundreds of learn-from-home STEM kits created by AT&T and Out Teach to get his students...

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Teacher Spotlight — Sean Splawski

Teacher Spotlight — Sean Splawski

When he was a kid, Sean Splawski didn’t like school.  He didn’t like sitting in desks, he didn’t like filling out worksheets, and he struggled to learn and pay attention when teachers lectured for too long.  Some called him “hyperactive.”  So it came as a surprise to...

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Teacher Spotlight — Eric Hale

Teacher Spotlight — Eric Hale

Thanks to great teachers like Eric Hale, schools may be closed, but #EducationIsOpen Eric Hale is a teacher at Out Teach partner school William Barnett Elementary.  When Dallas schools re-open, he will be teaching a combined class of first and second graders. ...

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Teacher Spotlight — Melissa Amory

Teacher Spotlight — Melissa Amory

NO! Heck NO!  I Can’t Even… When Brookfield Elementary in Virginia closed in response to COVID-19, teachers were sent scrambling to help get students and their parents up on an online educational system. One by one, kindergarten teacher Melissa Amory helped parents...

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