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Who is your real life ‘Mrs. Howard’? Name your teacher!


Did you have a teacher who continually motivated and supported you throughout the year? Do you want to celebrate your teacher this summer? Chalkbeat is looking for nominations to elevate your educators.

Ms. Barbara Howard, played by Sheryl Lee Ralph, is a stern and caring teacher in “Abbott Elementary,” a hugely popular sitcom about an upbeat Philadelphia teacher named Janine Teagues – played by show creator and star Quinta Brunson – and fellow dedicated educators. The show, which has been renewed for a second season, received seven Emmy nominations this week.

We’ve all had a teacher like Mrs. Howard, who pushed us to be better and supported our accomplishments. It is teachers like them who have made the last school years more bearable for many students.

During the pandemic, students and teachers have struggled to deal with uncertainties over safety protocols and had to ping-pong between remote and in-person learning. Teacher quits and staff shortages are affecting schools nationwide. According to National Education Association, in January 2022, 55% of the three million educators represented by the union said they were ready to stop teaching earlier than expected. To combat teacher shortages, some areas, such as Philadelphia, are using part of their pandemic relief funds to increase signing and retention bonuses for teachers and other staff.

Many educators who stayed behind say they aspire to make meaningful changes to the school system and encourage students to recognize and maximize their own potential.

To celebrate educators this summer, Chalkbeat wants to hear from students and parents. Name a teacher who has encouraged your or your child’s growth throughout the pandemic. Tell us: how did your teacher make the school year easier for you? You can write your answers in the form below or send us a short video.

We look forward to receiving your submissions on the form below; the deadline is Friday, July 29, at the end of the day. Questions? We’re always listening at [email protected]

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