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UCPS teachers and staff honored during appreciation week

Renee Denninger, a second-grade teacher at Rock Rest Elementary School, talks to her students about the English lesson for the day.

If each of us thinks about a special person who has made a difference in our lives, a teacher would probably be on the list.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8 and National Teacher Day, May 5, Union County Public Schools would like to honor the 2,500 teachers who serve our students each day. Our school system is proud of its educators and there are 42,000 reasons why we celebrate the hard work, passion and dedication our teachers bring to their classrooms each day. We salute them for making a difference in students’ lives and preparing all students to succeed.

“A teacher taught me to read. A teacher taught me to write. A teacher taught me to think about things I had never heard nor experienced,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “I imagine I am simply one of the thousands of students who owe a tremendous debt to a teacher.”

During the week, parents, students and community members will celebrate teachers through various activities at schools. Many schools will provide meals for staff, and students will bring school supplies and write notes and well wishes for their teachers.

“Teachers help shape the lives of our children and I’m so grateful for every one of our teachers,” said Traci Carter, a parent of students at Cuthbertson Middle and New Town Elementary. “I believe they're never going to be paid enough for their long hours and extra work, but they are truly loved by all of their students and the parents.”

“Teachers are essential pieces in preparing the future of our society; their hard work and careful planning will shape children's lives for years to come,” said Jennifer Deaton, principal at Union Elementary. “Whether they are giving words of encouragement or teaching a child to read, teachers give with all of their hearts in order to make a difference in the lives of young people. I appreciate their time, patience, and dedication and encourage others to celebrate teachers.”

To honor our teachers, UCPS will hold a social media campaign May 4-8 to thank teachers. Use #ThankaUCPSTeacher or #ThanksUCPSTeachers on Facebook and Twitter and write a special note to teachers.




Written by: Tahira Stalberte - UCPS Chief Communications Officer; Graphic by Arthur Rogers - Visual Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 01, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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