Written by Bianca Medina, proud AmeriCorps member serving on the Entergy Louisiana, New Schools for Baton Rouge team at Broadmoor Middle School.

2015’s Teacher Appreciation Week came and went, but at City Year, we are constantly appreciating our partner teachers. As a final celebration, I wanted to share the story of a strong CM-teacher partnership at Broadmoor Middle. Corps Member Ms. Annmarie works with Mr. Williams in an 8th-grade math classroom, and a strong partnership like theirs is critical to City Year's effectiveness with students. Below are their written appreciations for each other.

Ms. Annmarie and Mr. Williams dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters THING 1 and THING 2 for Twin Day at Broadmoor.

Mr. Williams: Ms. Annmarie genuinely cares for the students’ success in school and life. She never gives up on her students. She goes the extra mile and treats the students with respect and love. She finds ways to reach the kids and teach them in a way they can understand. She uses visuals well.

Annmarie greatly helps me as well. She assists me with making posters and word walls. She also assists with grading papers and coming up with ideas, all while reaching her workload. She is a phenomenal person and her work ethic, persistence and diligence should be a model for all corps members to follow.

Ms. Annmarie: Words cannot begin to describe my sheer appreciation for having Mr. Williams as my partner teacher this year. I started the year out of a classroom with no teacher, so when I did get placed with Mr. Williams I was really nervous. My peers had already been with their teachers for about a month and my students began adjusting to their previous Corps Member. I was an alien to all of them. Thankfully, Mr. Williams welcomed me with open arms and made my transition very smooth.

He is truly a great teacher who cares about his students and their future, which makes it easy to be in class. He understands the purpose of having Corps Members and allows us to use that to our full potential. Meeting with my students is never an issue and he is great about throwing ideas around for my lesson plans. Mr. Williams keeps me grounded and reminds me that although I may not be able to see impact with all of our students, I should never give up on any of them.

Thank you, Mr. Williams, for being my rock when things got tough around school and with our students. Thank you for always having my back and allowing me to grow and be challenged. Thank you for being an amazing teacher with a caring heart. Thank you!


So, to all the awesome teachers out there, from City Year, we sincerely appreciate everything you do for students.

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