Outside the Classroom

Appreciating Teachers More than Ever

Every year Teacher Appreciation Week offers us time to reflect on the incredible contributions of teachers, but this year it feels especially important.

The pandemic made nearly everything harder for teachers and brought to light significant issues within our education system. In the midst of uncertainty, you were asked to do the impossible overnight—completely change the way you teach and interact with students. A few months later, you were then asked to do it again, and again, and again, as local conditions and needs changed.

Through it all, you were there, every day. Teaching from your kitchens, bedrooms, and dining rooms. Connecting with students in any way you could—videoconferencing, calling, emailing, texting, and visiting students’ homes, especially those who weren’t showing up. You did whatever you could to ensure that your students were learning and knew they had a supportive and caring teacher on their side. And all this during a time of unimaginable trauma.

Teachers have always had a difficult job, and one silver lining of this experience is that parents and communities got to see your dedication and commitment to your students up close.

Teachers, you will always be at the core of the learning process. You’ve shown time and again how remarkable, quick-thinking, and creative you are, even in the most challenging of times. We cannot thank you enough for your extraordinary efforts, especially over the last year. What we can do, though, is support you, with digital curriculum and tools that make your life easier—to free up time so you can focus on building relationships with students and their families, and being that important source of support through good times and bad.

As we continue on this journey together, on behalf of our company of educators, I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for everything you do and let you know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

Wishing you a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week!

Your partner in education,

Sari Factor
Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Weld North Education

About the Author


Sari Factor

Sari’s background affords her a uniquely qualified perspective on modern education. She’s held leadership positions at successful educational publishing and technology companies, including Kaplan, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Everyday Learning Corporation.