Being an educator is hard. The hours are much longer than many people realize, there often are not enough resources, and in the case of Milwaukee Public Schools, teachers generally have large class sizes and contend with secondary trauma. That’s why the Vincent team wanted to take an opportunity to tell our teachers how much we appreciate all their hard work and the dedication they give every day to the students of Harold S. Vincent High School. Not only are they fantastic teachers, they have been incredibly supportive of City Year since the first day of our partnership almost two years ago. They warmly welcomed the student success coaches (SSCs) into their classrooms and ensured that our SSCs have ample time to run interventions with their students. They make sure that they feel like they are an integral part of the classroom and not just a guest visiting the class. In fact, one of our partner teachers stated that he thinks of the City Year serving in his classroom as more than just a tutor; he sees her as a second teacher in the classroom.
To celebrate our partner teachers, the team organized a teacher appreciation breakfast for them on the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. We provided all our partner teachers, as well as our dynamic 9th grade administrator, Ms. Lockett, with coffee and a hot breakfast. We wanted our partner teachers to know that we see all that they do, and that we are grateful for them.
We also wanted to give a special shout out to our 9th grade English teacher, Ms. Koss, for being voted as Vincent’s Teacher of the Year by students and peers. Congratulations, Ms. Koss! This is our first year partnering with Ms. Koss and it has been a wonderful experience for her student success coach to work with her. We are all inspired by Ms. Koss’s innovative teaching methods and how she always places her students at the center of everything she does. Ms. Koss embodies City Year’s value “Belief in the Power of Young People” every day and we are incredibly grateful we have the opportunity to work alongside her every day.
Article written by the Harold S. Vincent High School Team
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