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Thank You Teachers!

Dear District 31  Community,

As we begin our summer break and finally pause to take a breath and reflect, we would like to send a note of appreciation to our teachers. A school year that once seemed so full of roadblocks and challenges met a triumphant completion.  Last fall, we entered a school year dazed by trepidation and so many unknowns but committed to doing everything we could to support our community with safe  concurrent in person and remote platforms for learning. We celebrate the resilience and flexibility of our students. We cheer for the parents who had to partner and parent in new and different ways this school year. But, as we made it across this finish line, we need to celebrate the foundation of our successful school year--our teachers. 

This was a year like none other. The year tested us and took us all far from our comfort zone. The perseverance, passion, and adaptability of our teachers allowed District 31 to be one of the only local Districts able to provide both in-person and remote instruction for nearly the entire school year. We thank our teachers for balancing dual platform classrooms, teaching remotely in isolation, making classrooms feel like “home” even with a myriad of safety protocols, taking extra time with students and families, and balancing challenging personal needs and professional responsibilities.

This past school year, the challenging role of the teacher, took on a whole new dimension. All of us, teachers, parents, and students experienced new learning. We found joy in small moments. We laughed. We screamed. We cried. We worked together, as a team. Making connections with each other became our foundation. Truly, our teachers embraced the challenges of this past year, and District 31 and our students are the beneficiaries of this hard work and innovation that will resonate for years to come. 

Our District 31 teachers are among the very best and we are grateful for your dedication. On behalf of the Board of Education and Administration, we recognize and thank our teachers for their commitment during the incredibly unusual 2020 -2021 year to the District, the families, and most importantly, the students.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Erin K. Murphy        Dr. Allison Slade Rothstein
Superintendent            President, Board of Education