This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and it will be one of the most memorable Teacher Appreciation Weeks for years to come. School buildings have been closed in Indianapolis since March 16, and many schools have finished their Virtual Learning last week. Over the last couple of months there have been class via zoom, numerous phone calls, neighborhood drive-by celebrations, televised lessons, and Facetime check-in. Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on education, we have seen the commitment of many Indianapolis educators who continue to go above and beyond to ensure their students know they care and can still receive the education they deserve. I want to highlight two Indianapolis Teachers who have gone above beyond for their students.
Juanita Price, 2nd Grade Teacher George Buck Elementary IPS 94:
Juanita Price realized that her Far Eastside students would be at home lacking some of the basic necessities to ensure they can continue with virtual learning. All on her own, she created a campaign to help her students receive necessary supplies such as pencils, glue, rulers, markers, crayons, and reading books. Her social media campaign has blossomed with over 50 donors who have donated to support her scholars. She has 29 students in her second-grade classroom, and she has calculated that it will cost fifty dollars per student to get each student the supplies they need. She is still collecting donations. To donate, you can cash app her at $juanip3. To follow her journey and see how she is trying to meet her students’ basic needs, you can follow her journey on Facebook at Miss Education, Twitter at _missEDUcation_, and Instagram at _misseducation_. Thank you, Juanita Price, for your dedication to your students, and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.
Dustin Ecker, 4th teacher Grassy Creek Elementary School, Warren Township
If you follow Dustin Ecker on any social media, you know his commitment to his students. His classroom is filled with engaging instruction that keeps his studentss attention, but also brings the learning to life for them. He does not just bring that energy in the classroom, but he knows the importance of relationships and makes sure he provides time to interact with his students outside the classroom. Whether it is class meetups at Sky Zone, coaching robotics, or attending the school dance, he loves to be around his students. Last week, Dustin wrote individual hand notes to each of his 29 students and hand-delivered each of the notes to them. It was not just that he delivered the notes, but he also spent some time doing individual learning while following social distancing guidelines. To see the amazing work that Dustin is doing with his students, follow him on Facebook at Dustin Ecker and Instagram at eckerdustin. Thank you, Dustin Ecker, for your dedication to your students and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.
There are many teachers who have done amazing work during this hard time, so we salute you at Indy K12. During this viral Teacher Appreciation Week, I encourage everyone to follow Teach Indy Now. The individuals at Teach Indy Now have some awesome prizes and ways that we can continue to celebrate teachers virtually this year.