Dear DPS Community,
This week marks National Teacher Appreciation Week, and there has never been a better time to say a big THANK YOU to all of our educators!
Our teachers have always gone above and beyond for our kids, and that’s never been more noticeable or more meaningful than this year. In these times like never before, our teachers have responded for our kids and our community with resilience, adaptability and compassion. And with so much change and fear all around, they have been a constant, supportive presence in our students’ lives.
Don’t take it from me — this Teacher Appreciation Week, we received more shout-outs for teachers from our students than ever before, each one casting another ripple in the ocean of gratitude we have for our teachers. Here are just a handful of these heartfelt words of thanks:
- “I love my teacher because he has always helped me and always has been kind no matter what.” — Jorge Olivas, 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School; teacher Eric Lund
- “A teacher is a person who values your growth and education and pushes to have a strong connection with you.” — Spencer Knoll, 10th grade at Denver School of the Arts; teacher Cameron Hays
- “My teacher has taught me to be more open and to make sure that I feel open enough to let people in.” — Yareli Lozano, CEC Early College; teacher Louis Montoya
- “My teacher has inspired me to become an aerospace engineer because she proved to me that I can keep pushing even when it gets hard.” — Jaasiel, 11th grader at Northeast Early College; teacher Anamaria Criste
- “I love my teacher because she helps me when I need it and she makes school so much fun!” — Imogen Fulford, 1st grader at Teller Elementary; teacher Beth Horowitz
- “My teacher has taught me that having an encouraging, positive and ambitious attitude matters more than anything else. Even during this tough time period when students feel isolated, the world around us is crazy, and Ms. Peterca’s dog passed away, she still manages to come to class.” — Zoe Smith-Holladay, 11th grader at Denver School of the Arts; teacher Tess Peterca