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Teacher Appreciation Week Fosters Much Love and Admiration

With teachers working harder than ever in their virtual classrooms, the Hamden Hall Development Team designed a feel-good initiative that corresponds with National Teacher Appreciation Week, which started on Monday, May 4, and concludes Friday, May 8.

Students and parents were asked to show their appreciation via video messages and photo shout-outs as to what they “love most about Hamden Hall teachers.” Our school community is made up of 98 people who work directly with students as part of their job – advising, teaching, counseling, and coaching.

“In my opinion, we have the best teachers at Hamden Hall and yes, I am definitely biased!” said Head of School Bob Izzo. “Our faculty and staff step up every day to ensure that our students receive the best education. Just as important is the fact that our teachers go to great lengths to get to know their students individually. And that’s what we mean by The Hamden Hall Experience.”

Associate Director of Development Carissa Civitello encouraged teacher enthusiasts to use emojis in their messaging.

“The national theme for this week is ‘Get Emoji-tional with us and #thankAteacher.’ Our teachers’ extensive work and impact moves us beyond words, so we need emojis to say how we feel. Let’s all shower our teachers in appreciation and share how we love (❤️) like (👍), celebrate (🎉), and care for (😍) our teachers!” said Mrs. Civitello.

The Development Office received more than 100 video and photo messages from families in appreciation of Hamden Hall faculty members. A common theme among the messaging was that our teachers are dedicated and committed to helping students succeed. Sentiments from the younger students included awareness of and thankfulness for teachers making learning fun.

“Thank you for being so graceful with the transition to online learning. It really does mean a lot to be able to still learn in these tough times,” stated ninth-grader Jeb Alford.

“I celebrate my teachers for continuously working hard to give me the best learning experience possible, so I just want to say thank you,” stated seventh-grader Peighton Alston.

“What I love most about my teachers at Hamden Hall is that they work so hard to help me learn” stated first-grader Hailey Bayusik.

Alumnus Cameron Kranich, Class of 2017, reached out in appreciation of his former teachers.

"I can honestly say that with all teachers that I had, each shaped me into a better student and had their own individual impact on me before I left Hamden Hall," he maintained.

To show your continued support of our teachers, please consider making a gift to the Hamden Hall Scholarship Fund, in honor of a teacher of your choice. The Hamden Hall Scholarship Fund has been established to directly benefit our students that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to give today.

Click here to view daily videos that feature the teacher appreciation sentiments.

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