May 4, 2020

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Board of Education and administration at St. James R-I Schools, I would like to express my deep gratitude to our educators for the work they do each day to ensure the success of all of our students.

Our teachers provide the high-quality instruction and support our students need to graduate ready for college and career. They deliver culturally relevant teaching and learning designed to keep our students engaged and on track. We all know teachers do so much more. In partnership with administrators and staff, teachers serve as mentors and a vital part of the support system to meet the needs of the whole child. They collaborate with parents and caregivers to keep families informed and contribute to a school climate that makes our students feel safe and valued.

During the COVID-19 closure, our teachers have also gone above and beyond to quickly learn and adapt to distance learning. They are still hard at work educating our students via online instruction. Many of them have found creative and caring ways to stay connected to students, extending a culture of kindness and respect beyond our buildings and into our students’ homes. We know they have done so while also tending to their own children and families. Their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. 

We can all look back and remember a great teacher who touched our lives. With that in mind, please be sure to thank our teachers and celebrate them this week and beyond. We encourage everyone in the St. James community to thank an educator during Teacher Appreciation Week. Together, we can partner to successfully ensure the academic, emotional and social success of our students during these unusual times. #STJTigerPride #TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankATeacher