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Clements Middle teachers recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week

Clements Middle teachers (not in order) Don Hudson, April Washington, Atosha Logan, Donna Clark, Kelli Watkins, Lacie Wilson, Chakira Hollingsworth, Monica Jackson and principal Joy Scavella display the insulated coolers they received in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The coolers are just one of many gifts that Clements teachers will receive throughout the week. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Clements Middle teachers (not in order) Don Hudson, April Washington, Atosha Logan, Donna Clark, Kelli Watkins, Lacie Wilson, Chakira Hollingsworth, Monica Jackson and principal Joy Scavella display the insulated coolers they received in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The coolers are just one of many gifts that Clements teachers will receive throughout the week. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

COVINGTON — Teachers educate, inspire and shape minds — all while managing to balance endless amounts of paperwork — but often go unappreciated for their efforts. However, this week has been dedicated to acknowledging all of the hard work that educators put into their careers.

In light of National Teacher Appreciation Week, Clements Middle School is honoring its teachers with various tokens of gratitude. Monogrammed insulated coolers, ice cream sundaes on Wednesday and a barbeque on Friday are just a few gifts that Clements teachers can expect throughout the week. In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers on Friday, educators will enjoy dishes prepared by the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization and desserts catered by cheerleaders.

“During their lunch hour they’re able to go out there and have at it and just socialize with their peers,” said Clements Principal Joy Scavella. “They look forward to it.”

Scavella went on to add that the teachers have been instrumental in all the progress made at the school since she arrived a few years ago.

“Clements has really come a long way since I’ve been here — I’ve been here since 2010 — and I can really say that we have a great group of professionals,” she said Monday. “They have really risen to our expectations, beyond expectations … just a wonderful group of people to work with, so we truly appreciate all that they do.”

According to the National Parent-Teacher Association’s website, this is the 30th annual Teacher Appreciation Week, with students and parents across the country acknowledging educators in numerous ways. Students sometimes write letters expressing their appreciation, while parents nominate outstanding teachers for both local and national awards.