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SCSD Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! #SCSDThanksTeachers all the time, but especially now during these unprecedented times of school closures when they are going above and beyond to serve their students.


Please see below for some special shout-outs from school principals to their wonderful teachers. If you want to give a shout-out to an exceptional teacher in your child's life, please share with us on social media: tag us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) or Facebook (@SyracuseCitySchools) and use #SCSDThanksTeachers! 



"Thank you to our amazing Brighton Academy teachers.  We have the very best staff in the entire district and are so appreciative of the way our faculty goes above and beyond for our students and families!"
Rich Richardson, Principal
Brighton Academy
"Words cannot express how much I appreciate the staff at Clary Middle School. I am incredibly amazed as to how much they have done and still continue to do for our students and families during these unprecedented times. They are truly an inspiration to us all and I categorize them as true American heroes! It is my absolute honor to recognize this staff for Teacher Appreciation Week!"
Lisa Costanzo, Principal
Clary Middle School 
"There are not enough words to say what our staff members mean to Mr. Davis and I. They are determined to see that our students get the best. They are honest, transparent, reflective, giving, devoted, flexible, concerned, motivated, thoughtful, and loving. They want the best for our students. Mr. Davis and I are grateful to be able to serve our students, families, and community alongside the MAGNIFICENT staff at STEAM at Dr. King! Go Cougars!"
Kuricheses Alexander, Interim Principal
STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School
"I want to say thank you to our teachers for being the glue holding our community together right now. I am incredibly impressed by your tenacity and your belief that our students deserve the very best!" 
Diane Vitello, Principal
Dr. Weeks Elementary School
"I'd like to thank the Ed Smith teachers for going above and beyond to help our students. You are our heroes!"
Sam Barber, Principal
Ed Smith School
"I am always overwhelmed and appreciative of the amount of time and energy the teachers and support staff at ELMS put into making sure all students and families at ELMS are successful!  Thank you for working so hard to support our students at all levels. Your expertise in providing supportive and rigorous instruction for our students throughout the year and especially during these unprecedented times is greatly appreciated. Three ELMS Claps for ALL!"
Kevin Burns, Principal 
"I am lucky enough to work with an incredibly talented, caring and compassionate staff. I’m currently in my third year as a principal and my third year at Grant. In my first year I was astonished by the talent on staff, but since then, it has only grown. They have always demonstrated a desire to push me and one another, keeping scholars’ best interests in mind. Although we haven’t been in school for seven weeks, there has never been a time in the history of education where teachers shouldn’t be appreciated more than now. The work, commitment, compassion, consideration, care that the staff of GMS has demonstrated for not only our scholars, but also their families and the greater Syracuse community has been nothing short of astounding. From the absolute bottom of my heart,  I can’t thank them enough for choosing to be educators to the scholars of the SCSD. The staff of GMS makes my job not only easier, but also a pleasure."
Bruno Primerano, Principal
Grant Middle School 
“I have been so impressed by our teachers during this COVID-19 crisis.  They have responded to new learning platforms and work expectations, and have done so while always putting the needs of our students and their families first.  I am so proud of the Black Knight instructional staff—All In, All One, All Black Knights!”

Dr. Matt Williams, Principal
Henninger High School 
"To the very appreciated Huntington teachers (and staff!):  right now we can’t have a cake, or a staff lounge stocked full of snacks, or hand out little tokens, or even have our monthly staff breakfast. And if we could, we’d hand out Tootles and Panther Paws to each of you! For now though, please know that every one of you are irreplaceable and that you are missed and loved by your students every day. The work you are doing is superhuman and you also are ‘heroes on the frontline.' Thank you for all you are doing for our Huntington families."
Joanne M. Harlow, Principal, and the Administrative Team
Huntington PK-8 School
"Teachers, I can’t begin to thank you for all of the extra work you have been putting into reaching out to our students for both academic and wellness checks, creating engaging lessons and ensuring out students at ITC are continuing learning during the closure of schools. Your support and dedication, no matter what time of day or night it is, is greatly appreciated. I am honored to work alongside of you. Thank you and I miss seeing you on a daily basis."
Donna Formica, Principal
Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central
"Teachers at LeMoyne/Montessori get all the credit in the world.  They have done so much to personalize learning at our school that we received the highest NYS rating for student progress.  They truly get to know and understand what the students need to be successful, they connect with families, collaborate with colleagues and take pride in their work.  Supporting the staff in this school has been so rewarding and it fills me with pride so say that I work here!"
Jason Armstrong, Principal
Lemoyne Elementary School and Montessori at LeMoyne
"Team Lincoln... I applaud your commitment and dedication to our students and their families. We have learned together and we are better for it. You all have not skipped a beat even when your work day has almost doubled. You are taking care of our school family while juggling your own. You are 'essential' in so many ways and you are loved and appreciated for all you do!"
LaJuan White, Principal
Lincoln Middle School 
"I would like to thank our teachers at Promising Futures Leadership Academy and all of the teachers across the school district - especially during the time of Remote Instruction - for stepping up and supporting our kids and families. We work with some amazing people who have been innovative and have created excellent videos and group chats on Zoom and other platforms. I am very proud to work with so many wonderful educators!"
Margaret E. M. Taru, Principal  
Promising Futures Leadership Academy 
“I know what it looks like to keep working in hard times and I can say that I feel so proud of our staff who have been moving our students forward during these challenging times. Thanks for your commitment and support of our kids when it counts most!”
Dr. Jaime Perez, Principal
PSLA at Fowler High School
"Words alone cannot adequately convey the critical role each of our J.T. Roberts teachers have played over the last several weeks while transitioning from classrooms to remote-learning sessions, finding innovative ways to engage with their students and families." 
John Devendorf, Principal
J.T. Roberts School
"I could not ask for a better staff!  We are staying positive, united and in constant communication through all of this. My staff have been creative, hard-working, flexible, and extremely understanding – now and throughout the school year. I am so grateful to work with the warm, smart, and caring professionals of Salem Hyde."
Becky Groat, Principal
Salem Hyde Elementary School
"I would absolutely love to recognize our team of educators. I simply cannot say thank you enough for the amount of dedication, creativity, resiliency and flexibility our educators have shown during the past 7 weeks. Their commitment to the success of our students, not just when we can be together, but during this time of learning from home truly astonishes me. I am grateful to work with them each day, and teacher appreciation is especially important this year!"
Kelly Manard, Principal
The Syracuse Latin School
"The Syracuse STEM at Blodgett community feels proud of our teachers. We want to thank you and show our appreciation to each of our teachers for their commitment, dedication, and love to our students. Many times our teachers are the model that our students want to emulate in the future. You have become a meaningful adult in their life. Today and everyday… Thank You!"
Dr. Harry Valentin, Principal
Syracuse STEM at Blodgett
“Happy Staff Appreciation Week to the amazing staff at Webster School.  I appreciate how we’ve come together to support our students, families and staff especially during this most challenging time. It is our spirit of caring that binds us… We Are One! Thank you for the incredible job you do each and every day.”  
Iverna Minor, Principal
Webster Elementary School
Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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