From left, Cindy Sastre and Shelly Crowford from Achieva Credit Union, one of the sponsors of the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Aug. 16, pose with Steve Fay, Judy Fay, and Mary Robinson, all physical education teachers at Highland Lakes Elementary.
PALM HARBOR – On each table in the Palm Harbor University High School cafeteria were pictures and notes from elementary school students.
“Here’s me doing the FCAT.” “Epic school bus rides.” “Lunch.” The drawings were of recess, naptime and spelling bees. But one universal message was clear: students remember their teachers.
On Aug. 16, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce hosted a Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast, welcoming nearly 100 teachers from North Pinellas to eat and mingle.
“It’s nice to be appreciated,” said Kelly Mercier, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Carwise Middle School. “That’s a good feeling as a professional.”
The breakfast, held on the last weekday before Pinellas County schools opened for the year, brought together teachers from local elementary, middle and high schools.
“It’s wonderful how the community gets together and really embraces it,” said Karen Hogan, an Algebra 2 and Geometry teacher at Palm Harbor University.