Why are school partnerships important? This month, Councilman Scott Davis recognized the dedication of teachers at a school in his district and decided to make their Teacher Appreciation Week “Egg-strodinary!” After meeting with Shwab Elementary Principal, Dr. Natalyn Gibbs, and the leadership team, a plan was put into place to provide teachers with a week filled with food and gifts.
Fifth district Metro Councilman Davis greeted teachers Monday morning with a made-to-order omelet station. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what better way to brighten up their day and set the tone for a great week. He also came back to wrap the week up with Jet’s Pizza and Wings.
“It was a great week,, David said. “I would do almost anything for my teachers and the schools. I’m so proud of all of my schools because none of my schools in the district were on the priority schools list. I’m thankful for good teachers and good principals, and great parents.”
Tanisha Wesby, (district teacher of the year 2014-2015), said, “Out of my 16 years, this was the best teacher appreciation week ever!”
When asked for her motivation for making this week so spectacular, Dr. Gibbs said, “I celebrate the best because where we are in education today requires simply the best.” Gibbs has been a beacon of light shining through the halls of Shwab for the past few years.
Three years ago, Shwab was faced with the challenge of having some of the lowest test scores in the district. Frequent changes in administration for decades hadn’t allowed Shwab’s true vision to be executed. A new administration under Gibb’s leadership was set in place to rebrand Shwab and reestablish its place in the community.
Since then, Shwab has completely transformed into a positive place of student success and teacher collaboration. The trained professionals who work at Shwab dedicate themselves every day to driving this student success, and for that they deserve to be recognized and appreciated.
School partnerships for schools like Shwab play a large role in creating a community culture that values education. Through partnership opportunities, like the one between Councilman Davis and Shwab, individuals in the community have a chance to make a huge difference in the lives of our youngest community members and the educators who work with them every day. If you would like to help with this vision, Shwab is always looking for new partnership opportunities that will help write their students’ future stories.
Councilman Davis has consistently demonstrated his support for the Shwab Elementary School community. A prime example was through his efforts to make their recent Community Spring Fling event on May 2 a smashing success. Davis arranged for the tables and chairs to be brought in and set up and taken down, provided food through a licensed caterer, arranged traffic control, and otherwise helped make this initial Community Spring Fling provide a day of fun for the children and their parents.
“The Spring Fling was an event to help celebrate the great job our students did on the TCAP test,” Davis said. “We were happy to provide tables, chairs, food, and assist with the people power.”