CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Public school teachers in Coral Springs and across northwest Broward County will soon be starting virtual learning yet again – which will no doubt bring with it many challenges that educators aren’t fully prepared for.
So a little kindness toward teachers will go a long way.
That’s the thinking behind a new Facebook group called Adopt a Teacher-Coral Springs, Coconut Creek & Parkland (2020-2021).
It was started by parent and educator Michele Mizrachy, a counselor at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, and her son, Jacob, who is a senior there.
The two were brainstorming ways to express support for educators who have had to adjust to virtual teaching, pretty much overnight in March when the pandemic started and now continue into the new school.
"Most teachers work beyond contracted hours, spend so much time planning, work hard not only on curriculum, but building individual connections with their students," Mizrachy said. "Teaching is far beyond a love for a certain subject or age group, but more of a love to help their students grow and become the best person they can be."
For her, the 759-member Adopt a Teacher group is intended to be a simple expression of support for local educators as they dive into an evolving world of education. The goal is for members to “adopt” teachers by learning more about them and helping them with whatever they need.
There was a similar social media initiative in the spring for local graduating high school seniors. Also a Facebook group, Adopt a Senior Coral Springs & Parkland encouraged 1,600 members to adopt a senior and bring them flowers, balloons and other gifts in a show of encouragement as Covid-19 wiped out end-of-the-year ceremonies such as in-person graduations.
"Many teachers don't know if their schools will return online, or in-school," Jacob said. "Even a little token of appreciation and love goes a long way. As I am a senior in high school, I have seen how hard teachers work and help shape kids' futures."
The Adopt a Teacher Facebook group is open to all, as long as simple rules are followed:
-Positive comments only
-Those adopting need to reach out to the person that posted to obtain contact information
-Does not need to be a large investment, we just want the staff member to feel appreciated
-Please share with family and friends
-Feel free to post pictures of items being delivered or received
"It feels amazing to work on this initiative, as in our opinion no one works harder than teachers, creating a foundation for kids and building self-esteem," Mizrachy said. "During the pandemic they have stepped up to the challenge and continue to make a difference for our kids and deserve so much recognition. This is the least our community can do!"
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