Huntsville City Schools Celebrates Teachers
Huntsville City Schools held a special event to celebrate the tremendous work performed by our educators this past week. Over 900 teachers turned out for the “Star-Studded Teachers” reception held at the Stone Event Center at Campus 805. Teachers were treated to food, fun, over sixty door prizes, and entertainment by the Microwave Dave Band. The celebration was the result of efforts by Superintendent Dr. Matt Akin, the HCS central office administration, staff, and operations department, along with the Schools Foundation, Huntsville Council of PTAs, and many community sponsors.
The event coincided with National Teacher Appreciation Week, held in May of every year, and has been led by the National PTA since 1984, to pay tribute to everyone who lends their service to educating our children.
“We had a great time preparing to celebrate our teachers,” comments Dr. Debi Edwards, the Director of Secondary Education for Huntsville City Schools. The excitement amongst staff was palpable at the event. Dr. Tammy Summerville, the Director of Magnet Programs, said that everyone was “really excited to have an opportunity to show teachers that we appreciate everything that they do every single day.” Teachers seemed thrilled with the event, as well, with many taking to the dance floor or taking group photographs at the green screen booth. Julie Summers of New Century Technology High School said, “they’re showing us that they respect us, and they are happy with what we’re doing as teachers – and that makes a humongous difference.” According to Lisa Snodgrass, a teacher at the Academy for Academics and Arts, the event was “just what we needed as teachers, to give us a little boost.”
The district is also planning a special event for support staff this summer as well.