These days, educators are working double-time to teach in new ways while balancing their own new normal. We’re all missing the personal connections, and educators are no exception, finding new and creative ways to keep close from a distance. From supporting colleagues with messages of hope to creating ways to engage students at home, here are some of the educators that are inspiring us this week.
Teachers supporting each other
We’re shining a spotlight on Meghan Hatch-Geary, 2020 Connecticut State Teacher of the Year, and her National Teacher of the Year colleagues for sending this much-needed message of solidarity, hope, and inspiration to their fellow educators. The video, Dear Teachers, #WeGotThis! features every 2020 National Teacher of the Year from each state.
Waterbury Science Teacher takes students on a virtual trip
Our friend and former Connecticut Science Center Educator, Brass City Charter School science teacher, Courtney Bauknecht is bringing her students on their annual trout release field trip by way of Facebook Live.
Her third and fourth-grade students learn about structure, functions, and about survival by watching and observing the trout hatch from tiny pink eggs, culminating in a release of about 150 trout into the wild. “I just wanted them to feel like they were there,” Ms. Bauknecht said of the trout video. See the full story here.
Lebanon Middle School Teacher is helping to feed the community
Mansfield teacher Louis Goffinet has been shopping for the elderly and raising money through a facebook fundraiser for Neighborhood Grocery Relief. Last time we checked, the page has brought in almost $14,000. On some days, he makes up to 9 trips to the grocery store. Thank you Mr. Goffinet!
West Haven Teachers lifting spirits
We’ll miss seeing the Carrigan School students at the Science Center for their annual spring field trip and we know they are disappointed too. Meanwhile, the dedicated staff is keeping students engaged with their funny and heartfelt message that “Carrigan Cares.” The video was so popular that they followed it up with Carrigan Cares Part 2. Go Cougars!
Teacher parades around the state
We’re inspired by teachers, bus drivers, and school staff caravaning through student neighborhoods in emotional and heart-felt teacher parades. The creative concept has been trending across the state. While bittersweet, the photo galleries are sure to put a smile on your face. We especially love the clever homemade signs and decorated cars. The messages of love are a promise that even though we’re not together, we are not alone. Here are some highlights from towns around Connecticut.
Middletown (Bielefield), Middletown (MacDonough), Southington, Killingly, Enfield (Crandall), Enfield (Whitney & Hazardville), New Hartford, Tolland, Colchester, Putnam, Waterford, Vernon, Watertown, Danbury, Fairfield, East Haven, Thomaston, Morris, Newington, Wallingford, and Norwalk.
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Tracy Shirer is the Director of Marketing & PR at the Connecticut Science Center. She is passionate about building a community of learners, educators, and supporters by providing fantastic experiences, lasting memories, and opportunities for access. She is a media expert and has worked in entertainment, sports, and destination marketing with top brands. A mom to a 9-year-old, she is invigorated and driven by the Science Center’s mission and the impact in our community.