Thank You, Ms. Barbara Medley!

A teacher’s job goes beyond academic instruction. Teachers also help children learn more about themselves, develop a growing resilience and identity. This what Ms. Medley is all about, implementing daily affirmations during her class morning meeting. Her kindness and care for her students is great another example of how thoughtful and dedicated educators are.

Ginger Hayes, an Early Literacy Coach in our Philadelphia region took some time to shine a spotlight on Ms. Medley. We asked Charity a few questions about her teacher honoree. See what she shared about Ms. Medley below:

Q: What did your teacher identify as her children’s needs during this pandemic?

A: Barbara was sensitive to the need for children to remain connected. From the beginning of the pandemic, she sought to connect with them virtually. She played games and provided opportunities for them to share to build rapport. 

When families had difficulty with technology, she was readily available to support them and ensure that they had the resources they needed. In the current school year, she has brainstormed ways to increase partnership with families. Her positive and empathetic approach to meeting the needs of children and families is lovely.

Q: How has your teacher shown resilience during this school year?

A: When technology has been difficult or when her schedule has changed to cover for staff outages, Barbara adjusts well and doesn't get flustered. When content or new technology are challenging, she works to master it, no matter how long it takes!

Q: How has your teacher cultivated community within his/her classroom?

A: Barbara has a great banter with students, and they love being her class. She encourages them and cheers them on in their learning, and because of this model, students do the same with their classmates in her class.

Q: How is the teacher creating some sense of normalcy within his/her classroom?

A: Barbara is the first to admit when technology isn't going well or she has made a mistake. She uses it as a learning opportunity for her students to know that nothing is perfect and we learn from our mistakes. I believe that her example of being a learner couple with her determination to take everything in stride creates normalcy for students in her classroom.

Q: How has your relationship with your teacher grown?

A: I've always appreciated and respected Barbara. However, seeing her consistentcy in all areas of life during a year of continual change has been so encouraging to me. I enjoy our coaching times and love the way she's growing as a teacher.


Share Your Appreciation!

This year, get involved and thank a teacher! We invite you to join our month-long movement. Do you know a teacher hero? Is your teacher a hero? Let them know!

Post a video of you thanking a very special teacher. In 60-90 seconds, tell us who you teacher is and most importantly, tell us why you believe they are a hero! 

Each video shared, tagging us, @CLIupdates, and using the #CLIHeroes hashtag, will be featured on our social channels and will be included in our special video compilation at the end of the month!

Make sure your teacher hero is a part of this special moment, and share your video!



Record your Teacher Hero thank you video.



Post to your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account. Make sure you include the #CLIHeroes hashtag.



Each video shared, tagging us, @CLIupdates, and using the #CLIHeroes hashtag, will be featured on our social channels and will be included in our special video compilation at the end of the month!


Celebrating Teachers on the Frontline


LaShawnda McKenzie
Early Literacy Specialist

See LaShawnda's Thank You Story Here >>

Charity Hendrickson
Early Literacy Specialist

See Charity's Thank You Story Here >>

Stacer Reeves
Early Literacy Specialist

See Stacer's Thank You Story Here >>

Priscila Antuna
Early Literacy Specialist

See Priscila's Thank You Story Here >>

Maria Lipperini
Early Literacy Specialist

See Maria's Thank You Story Here >>

Ginger Hayes
Early Literacy Specialist

See Ginger's Thank You Story Here >>


Raise a Glass for Reading!

After a season of showcasing the unique stories of the teachers we serve and emphasizing the importance and impact of continued support for our teachers, schools, and larger communities, we come together to celebrate literacy! 

Showcase your commitment to children’s literacy, early childhood education and social justice, and join us June 10 for a wonderful event.

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