On October 5, 2020, the Richmond School District recognizes and celebrates the many valued contributions that teachers make to public education and the lives of their students. This year, it is especially important that we take the time to recognize and thank our teachers for their steadfast commitment to doing what is best for their students despite the extremely challenging circumstances we have all been experiencing.
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have heard about many examples of teachers who have gone above and beyond what could be expected in order to ensure the needs of their students have been met during a very difficult time. This year, more than ever, we have witnessed the incredible professionalism of Richmond teachers who have adjusted to new ways of teaching, found innovative ways to connect to their students and families, and have demonstrated a level of care and commitment that has made an immense difference to the lives of Richmond students.
In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
On behalf of the senior executive staff and the Board of Education, I would like to express my gratitude to all teachers who contribute to making the Richmond School District the best place to learn and lead. I encourage everyone to take the time today to express your appreciation to the educators around you, and to let them know of the impact they have had on you and your life.
Superintendent of Schools