Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachers

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachersWhile students hunker down in their homes for Distance Learning, many teachers still go to work like any other day, doing their best to adapt their traditional tools of learning to reaching kids through a virtual environment.

When the faculty and staff of Pierce Elementary School arrived on Monday morning, they found messages of thanks, encouragement and appreciation had been artfully displayed by the members of the Parent-Teacher Organization.

“It was stunning, arriving and seeing the decorations and posters,” said Principal Shyann Ledford. “One educator was moved to tears, and many were taking pictures and sharing them on social media, saying how nice it was to see something positive and to be able to share such positive messages with others.”

Despite the onerous demands of Distance Learning, a concept which has evolved since schools closed their campuses last March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, Ledford said that Panther family has risen to the challenge.

“Overall, our community has shown tremendous support for the work we’re doing, now and in the past, and we are grateful for all the continued words of encouragement. It really makes a difference to hear those kind comments, or receive those inspirational messages — especially when the day has been a tough one.

“The Panthers have coped with this challenge just like any other before — by strengthening bonds and networks amongst each other, fostering parent partnerships and having a little fun in between. I’m blessed to get to be a Panther. This really is a second family for us.”

Pictured: From left, K-2 teacher Lisa Mitchell, fifth-grade teacher CheyAnne Anderson, fourth-grade teacher Heather Schusler, first-grade teacher Kim St. George, fourth-grade teacher Rae Hart and fourth/fifth-grade teacher Sue Spinks stand next to one of the uplifting messages they found on campus Monday morning. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-09-04