Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Craig J. Tice and F-M Board of Education President Marissa Joy Mims sent the following letter to F-M educators today in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.
May 4, 2020
This year, Teacher Appreciation Week comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s never been more important than it is now for all of us to recognize our hard-working educators.
While the unprecedented public health crisis has shuttered our school buildings, you are working harder than ever to teach, support and inspire students. You are working beyond academics to support our students’ emotional well-being and to promote some semblance of normalcy. None of you were given the training and time that you needed to undertake this new challenge. Instead with little notice and preparation, you dove in with your usual dedication to our students.
Throughout this crisis, Fayetteville-Manlius CSD teachers have demonstrated their commitment to the district’s vision of inspiring students and promoting personal success. You have shown resilience and creativity as you transitioned from in-person teaching to leading virtual classrooms and delivering lessons remotely. Like so many of us, you have family needs that you are juggling while working from home. We know that as a school district we will need to make changes to support you and our students as we learn to adapt to an uncertain educational future whether that means a return to class and/or continued online education. We will accomplish all of this by working together in order to overcome any obstacles placed in our path.
This week – which marks the eighth week for distance learning – we celebrate and give special thanks to our F-M teachers who lend their passion and skills to educating our community’s children. We thank you for your efforts in helping our students to reach their fullest potential, not just during this time of crisis, but every day during the year!
Marissa Joy Mims
Board of Education President
Craig J. Tice, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools