January JOYful Educator Connection
It's official! The JOYful Educator Rockstar Leads were introduced Tuesday evening at our January JOYful Educator Connection. The leads are:
Amber Celestine - John F. Kennedy High School
- Ben Lozoff - G. W. Carver High School
- Dami Molumo - Opportunities Academy
- Deanna Proctor - Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
- Freddie Kullman - Frederick A. Douglass High School
- Hannah Horowitz -KIPP East
- Josef Pons - Booker T. Washington High School
- Kim Conner-Davis - Sci High
- La'Kandice Johnson - Langston Hughes Academy
- Theresa Sanchez - Fannie C. Williams Charter School
- Joe Willens - G. W. Carver High School
These dedicated teachers will be taking the lead in hosting virtual presentations on various topics of interest and offering valuable office hours for collaboration and support to their peers.
A heartfelt thank you to all the educators generously volunteering their time and passion to create a safe space for collaboration, project discussions, and building a strong support system for our teachers.
In addition to celebrating our educational rockstars, our teachers showcased their moves in a lively line dancing class hosted by Footprints to Fitness!
To gauge the impact of JOYful Educator Connections over the past few months, we conducted a survey, and the responses from our teachers were truly inspiring. Here's a sneak peek at some of their comments:
"I have gotten a chance to connect and meet with some new educators as a result of the JEC meetings, which has increased my sense of connectedness with educators across the city. Additionally, the acts of care shown at the meetings - food, drinks, raffles, meaningful toasts from community members like Larry Nance - definitely contributed to feeling valued and my well-being as an educator." - 9th Grade Teacher
"The JEC meetings have made a great impact on me professionally. Time to relax, connect with other educators, share and listen to Best Practices when teaching our Scholars and being appreciated for the hard work, we do every day with our Scholars and Families."- 1st Grade Teacher
"The JEC meetings have contributed to my professional development by allowing me to meet other educators around the city to network and talk about ideas to assist our students. I was also able to meet Dr. Avis Williams and talk with her. At the specific event I went to, we were given the chance to meditate which is an important tool for a teacher who may feel overworked or stressed." - 9th grade Teacher
Dear teachers, your enthusiasm and dedication to making these connections meaningful is truly commendable. Together, we're fostering a supportive environment for our educators to thrive!