During this time of learning at home, our teachers are finding creative ways to stay connected with their students. Two teachers - Kindergarten teacher Katie Geiman and Middle School Social Studies teacher Christopher Gammill - decided to stay in touch the old-fashioned way: by mail.
Ms. Geiman sent 18 handwritten letters to her students before Pesach break: “I was hoping it would get them excited to start back up again...just to let the kids know that I miss them and we are all in this together. I received a few adorable pictures, videos, and voice notes from them after they received their letter. It made me appreciate that although online school isn't the easiest, we have such a warm community at Hillel and we are lucky we still get to see the kids even if it is through a screen.”
Mr. Gammill, who sent 77 postcards, reflected, “I wanted a short and sweet note to let them know how I feel about them, their progress, and their bright future ahead. They were personal for each student...to let them know that I am super proud of them and that I know they can be rockstars finishing the school year in a virtual classroom…Our school certainly is a reflection of our students when you receive thank you emails for sending a postcard - awesome kids, great administration, and the best fellow teachers one could ask for!”