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Thank You, Teachers

Teachers are front and center in the transition to distance learning and the battle to provide education – no matter what is happening in the world.

by / May 7, 2020

For our next stop in #EducationNow, we have landed at Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers are front and center in the transition to distance learning and the battle to provide education – no matter what is happening in the world.

“Teachers make such a difference in all of our lives, and you have shown so much resiliency with the quick switch to distance learning. Thank you for continuing to stay close to students and finding innovative ways to keep everyone learning during this time!” Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a week to celebrate teachers and to reflect on the teachers who have made an impact on our lives. At Cisco, we recognize that educators have one of the most important jobs in the world. Today, and every day, we say: Thank you teachers, for all that you do to bring learning and knowledge to the next generation, to light the way to a brighter future, and to connect the unconnected.

In my personal experience, my teachers have had an amazing impact on my life. My AP English teacher, Mr. Paul Meredith, is the reason I became an English teacher. He was smart and articulate, teaching me how to think critically and write clearly, and he made me fall in love with Charles Dickens and Great Expectations. Those experiences led me to where I am today at Cisco. Mr. Meredith would have been equally wonderful in front of a room full of students, as from behind a video screen. Great teachers are great, regardless of where they are!

Let’s hear from some other Cisco leaders on their #ThankATeacher moments and how teachers changed their lives!

“COVID-19 is causing many challenges for teachers to stay connected – especially with their students. Through technology, teachers are finding creative ways to be united and engaged during this pandemic. It is inspiring to see the different approaches they are using to inspire and interact with students. Teachers are critical in the success of distance learning and are truly making a difference for our youth and our country!” Nick Michaelides, Senior Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Cisco

“Teachers have an indelible impact on our kids and our communities. We’ve always known this to be true, but the pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the role that teachers play in our lives. Thank you to all the teachers for adjusting to a new normal on the fly, for finding new ways to share, communicate, teach, and lead, and for being a calm, consistent presence. Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Decades from now, when today’s kids have kids of their own, they will remember how you made them feel safe, valued, and loved in a time of overwhelming uncertainty. There are no words to properly thank you for that.” Gerri Elliott, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Cisco


Did you know that Cisco focuses on social investment in education? From Science Buddies, which saw 49,000 teachers register, to Technovation, which reached over 17,000 educators and trained 620 instructors, we believe in the power of technology to accelerate education and empower educators. Learn More

Author: Renee Patton, Cisco


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