SCHOOLS | May 4, 2020
Dear CPS Teachers,
While this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week is taking place during some of the most unpredictable circumstances our district has ever faced, your dedication and selflessness are the reasons we have been able to continue educating our students during these times. Completely shifting how we teach and learn in a matter of weeks should be comparable to moving a mountain—you made it look as if you were lifting a pencil. You are not just teachers. You are superheroes.
Over the past few weeks, we have heard countless stories of how excited our students were to be reunited with the teachers they love, even if it was just seeing a face on a screen. The bonds you have formed with your students have transcended being separated from them, and that means more to them than any of us can even imagine.
Every school year has its peaks and valleys. Every student hits highs and lows throughout their education, sometimes over the course of a single day. We value you because you meet our students where they are; you are there to celebrate their successes, and you are there to help them reach their goals by uplifting them at their lowest point.
Our students might not remember every vocabulary word or math equation they learned this year, but they will remember what their teachers helped them discover about themselves. In putting your students first in everything you do, we know that they will become a superhero for someone else in the future.
We are so grateful to call you each a part of the CPS family. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.
Janice K. Jackson, Ed.D LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools