Teachers are getting their due this month in the form of gifts, food
What started off Teacher Appreciation Week has unofficially turned
into teacher appreciation month at Newport-Mesa schools. Some
schools, like Harbor View Elementary, got things started Wednesday
with special staff luncheons.
"This is my thank you for all their hard work and dedication,"
Principal Mellissia Christensen said as teachers noshed on taco salad
in the staff room.
Harbor View used Cinco de Mayo as an extra excuse to hold a
Mexican-themed luncheon for teachers. Christensen brought all the
fixings for the lunch and topped things off with festive sombreros.
"You feel very appreciated here," teacher Joan Byrne-Wilkinson
said. "Parents tell you that they appreciate you all the time. And we
feel extra appreciated by the principal doing this."
More schools are planning events for next week and the following
week. Whittier Elementary School will hold a barbecue lunch on
Wednesday and Victoria Elementary School has plenty in store for its
teachers May 19.
School board members will visit each school this month. They will
present teachers with soft-side briefcases with the district logo,
given on behalf of the superintendent's office and the district.
"I love seeing what [teachers] are doing," school board President
Dana Black said. "I look forward to going to the schools and letting
them know we are aware of what they're doing."
The district extended the Teacher Appreciation Week to give board
trustees time to visit every site, spokeswoman Jane Garland said.
"California Day of the Teacher" is May 14 and National Teacher Day
Former teacher and board trustee Martha Fluor on Wednesday visited
Woodland Elementary School, which her children attended. A few of the
students were a little confused, however, about the celebration was
"I went into some of the very classrooms my kids were in and asked
some of the kids what today is," Fluor said. "They said 'Cinco de
Mayo,' and 'Mother's Day.' Then they remembered: 'Oh, it's Teacher