Photo by Steven Depolo

Photo by Steven Depolo

Happy Teacher Appreciation Time 2017!

Depending on your school or school board, Quebec Teacher and School Staff Appreciation week is celebrated the week of either February 5 or February 12 – or even better, both! Enjoy this first of three blog posts with messages of appreciation written by students, parents, colleagues, directors, and community members.

One of the themes that has emerged from the submitted shout-outs this year is celebrating the collective, the entire staff, the team that works together (and with the community) to support student success.  GO TEAM!!

(This was post #1 in a three part series.  Read post #2 and post #3 too.  You don’t want miss any of the teacher and school staff appreciation!)


ALL of my son’s teachers and staff, Flemming Elementary, Eastern Shores School Board

All of the teachers and staff at Flemming Elementary are AMAZING!!

My son has three teachers at Flemming and they are all awesome 🙂 Ms. Kathy, Mme. Manon and Mr. Cody are all constantly working towards what is in the best interest of my 9 year old son Logan.
They are always looking for new ideas and methods in order to teach and engage Logan. Each goes above and beyond to better understand him and his Autism and the many challenges that come along with that. It is a heartwarming feeling for us as parents to see how much everyone truly cares in that school and go the extra mile to both support and interact with him. I could not be prouder to send my child to Flemming School which is filled with such patient, kind and gentle staff.

All of our Littoral teachers! Commission Scolaire du Littoral

You are all awesome because each day you face new challenges of teaching multiple levels in one class in isolated areas with limited resources. What you do each day is inspiring! Taking the time to learn new teaching strategies & approaches is not always easy, yet many of you continue to find the time because you know it is an investment in your students! Thank you for all you do!

To all Teachers and Administrators, Rosemount High School, English Montreal School Board

An Inspirer. An Empower. An Engager. These three characteristics are just a short sample of the many you demonstrate with all of your students, including me, every single day.

Too often we progress through the ‘ropes of life,’ and do not invest the time to express our gratitude and authentic value for the support you so eagerly share for our growth, as not only students, but also as global citizens of society.

You make me feel authentically supported when you say, “Please let me know how I can be helpful” and genuinely mean it. Also, the excitement you express to co-learn with me rather than teach me, makes me feel like a partner in my learning experience, when it is so easy to feel like ‘a sponge that can only absorb.’ I know you have so much to share, but I love how you also openly articulate how much I have to share as well and how much you learn by engaging with me!

As an educator, your title can ensure a role of heightening my knowledge in academics. However, you see me not as one of the many students you have, but instead you value me for my uniqueness and strengths. You promote an environment where I feel like I am able to not only share my contribution, but also know it is actually considered and appreciated.

Thank you for being genuine. Thank you for seeing me as a partner in learning and sharing. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being one of the  great teachers out there. May you inspire others to achieve the greatness you have.

All Teachers, Dr. S. E. McDowell Elementary School, Western Quebec School Board

McDowell is a very special school that takes the time for each child including mine. Many teachers go the extra mile to ensure he is reaching his full potential and they bring out his best qualities. Well done, McDowell. Our family appreciates all that you do!


The staff of McDowell Elementary, Western Quebec School Board

As a new member to the McDowell community, I am amazed how caring, supportive and welcoming the teachers, Aides, supporting staff members are towards the children and each other. The extras they do to ensure a safe, happy and nurturing environment for all who walk through the doors are offered selflessly and with great warmth. They truly are exceptional.

All staff! Twin Oaks Elementary School, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

This is an awesome team and I just want to say thank you for the incredible teamwork that goes on, always going the extra mile for our students!

Madame Chantal and Miss Julie, Dante School, English Montreal School Board

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your time. Thank you for helping me with my homework. Thank you for setting my homework. Thank you for staying behind to help me, even when I know there are lots of other places you’d rather be. Thank you for not embarrassing me in front of my friends. Thank you for explaining things until I understand. Thank you for making me do my best. Thank you for being my teachers.

LEARN’s online teachers, LEARN

Here’s a shout out to the amazing online teachers at LEARN. I’ve had the chance to attend some of their workshops – they are constantly in search of making their online courses fun and interactive. They are not only committed to teaching math and science to their students, but love to share their knowledge and activities with fellow teachers. Hats off to Peggy, Audrey, Kerry, and Natalie!

Principal Ms. Sammarco & Vice-Principal Ms. Caruso, Leonardo da Vinci Academy, English Montreal School Board

I know they are not teachers, but I would like to express my gratitude to both of them. They are a great team and work together amazingly!

The school has changed immensely since Ms. Sammarco joined LDVA. Most importantly and one case that is near and dear to my heart:
My daughter was getting bullied last year, which was extremely heart breaking for me as her mother, to watch her go through such a horrible situation. This year is a whole different chapter in her life, as they worked together with the kids & behavioral tech to regulate this problem.

They have immense hearts and their love for not only my daughter, but for all the students shows in their daily lives at school!


Cheer on your own school staff team by adding a comment!

Feel free to add a comment at the end of any of the three posts this week to highlight other deserving educators in your community.