Teacher encouragement teams at Anderson Elementary

Teacher encouragement teams at Anderson Elementary

Anderson teacher teamsIn an ongoing effort to support its neighborhood school partner Anderson Elementary, Westbury United Methodist Church will hold an informational meeting about new Teacher Encouragement Teams and other ways to volunteer on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the church’s parlor. This meeting is open to anyone in the community who cares about local education.

Westbury UMC plans to launch seven Teacher Encouragement Teams (one for each grade level, pre-K through 5th grade) for the spring semester, with engagement from interested Westbury neighbors in addition to church members.

“We’re looking for a variety of individuals, families, grandparents and young adults who are will invest in Anderson’s continued success,” says Erin Oropeza, Westbury UMC’s Anderson liaison. “We can do this by directly supporting teachers through emails, cards, prayer and acts of kindness, like delivering baked goods or classroom supplies. Each of us has something to offer!”

This initiative is motivated by research that shows higher performing schools rely on community connection and support, according to the National Education Association. Westbury UMC also believes that by strengthening connections with teachers, these mutually transforming relationships will reflect God’s grace and love and have a positive impact on the whole neighborhood.

People serving on Teacher Encouragement Teams are asked to make a commitment for one school year. Since the role requires minimal daytime hours, this is ideal for working parents, those who have limited time or for those who aren’t sure about volunteering in the classroom.

“Imagine what can happen at Anderson when teachers know that their community believes in them, supports them and cares about them,” says Hillary Peete, director of children’s and family ministries at Westbury UMC.

“We are excited about taking the next step to enhance our school partnership by pouring into the dedicated teachers at Anderson who nurture our young people. Over the past four years, we’ve had volunteers on campus tutoring and supporting school-wide activities, and that will continue. But now we get to build relationships with individual teachers and invest in their success. This is something Westbury neighbors and the entire community will want to back.”

To be a part of this initiative, or to learn more, contact Erin Oropeza, Anderson–Westbury UMC liaison at erindoro@sbcglobal.net, or call the church office at (713) 723-0175.


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