By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond?
Amvet Boulevard School Principal Kristine Kefor knows several, and she wants to share the good news with everyone.
During Christmas break, Kefor nominated a different teacher via Twitter, challenging others to do the same. Prior to working in North Attlebrough, she was a teacher in Norton, where the online shoutouts were often done. Kefor said this school year has been a tough one, with children only in school two days a week through the district’s hybrid method and so many normal aspects not happening.
“I jumped at the idea to bring some positivity to the school,” said Kefor.
During the week she nominated both North Attleborough educators and others she has worked with. This included Community School Principal Jeffrey Sposato, teacher Kathleen Curtis, Library Media Specialist Andrea Bolton, third grade teacher Kerry Goodrich, second grade teacher Laura Croteau, teacher Katie Fisher, and fifth grade teacher Alison O’Brien. Some joined in the effort, making their own nominations.
Though the effort didn’t catch on quite as Kefor hoped, she plans to continue doing this in the future.
“It spread the joy in the process and hopefully it will catch on,” said Kefor.
Though school has been a challenge this year, Kefor said she’s proud of both students and staff. Monitoring mental health has been a priority, with a universal screening tool used to help teachers identify students who may be struggling. Counselors have also been hired for each school. Staff meetings have been focused on peace, and teachers are asked to share positive images.
“I’m proud of my teachers and staff and how they pivoted and adjusted,” said Kefor. “They’re working so, so hard to really make sure every child is learning, growing, and doing the best they can.”