Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight Events

Thursday, May 6 | 4:30-6:30pm

Being Mindful About Continued Learning

Teacher Appreciation Event FlyerKeep your mind and your hearts open with this event that includes two amazing teacher resources, emceed by Josh Way, Principal at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, who will guide us through the evening with a mindfulness practice. You’ll hear from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and San Diego County Credit Union about programs they offer that support curriculum in the classroom. All attendees will receive a special self-care kit to continue their mindfulness practice following the program!

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JoshJosh Way, Ed.D, Principal, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

With 17 years of experience working in public schools, Josh Way has served as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and speaker. Currently, as a middle school principal with San Diego Unified School District, he works to integrate research-based practices with a holistic approach to student and adult learning. With over 25 years as a yoga/meditation practitioner and instructor, Josh believes in bringing an authentic, personal approach to leadership and professional learning.


Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex PharmaceuticalsBring cutting edge science to your STEM classroom! Hear from a Vertex research scientist about recent advances in genetic therapies and how STEM educators can implement this content in their classrooms. Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create medicines for people with serious and life threatening diseases. Their passion for helping to make lives better extends beyond individuals with serious diseases to include the communities in which they live and work. Educational programs in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) are a natural fit with their business. One of the main missions of the STEAM program and Learning Lab is to support and inspire under-resourced students to become the next generation of scientific leaders.

San Diego County Credit Union

San Diego County Credit UnionSan Diego County Credit Union will present the SDCCU® Biz Kid$ Program, a resource for teachers to help teach their students about money and business. SDCCU launched the program in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the County of San Diego, in support of Live Well San Diego, in 2015. Biz Kid$ is an award-winning, comprehensive financial literacy program focused on teaching kids how to use credit wisely and about the importance of saving, budgeting, investing and giving back to their communities. The Biz Kid$ program and all episodes are based on national standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship education, and have been mapped to individual state standards. SDCCU will be offering teachers a chance to enter-to-win a complete program at the event.

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