This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at IDEA, and we salute our teachers for their hard work and dedication as they transform the lives of our students. While every week is a time to be grateful for IDEA teachers – we want to say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do to ensure every IDEA student is receiving the education they deserve.
It has been an exciting few weeks here at IDEA Public Schools. For the 12th consecutive year, IDEA college preparatory schools in the Rio Grande Valley were ranked among the top-performing schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fifteen eligible IDEA college preparatory schools were recently ranked among the top one percent of the most challenging high schools in the nation by the Jay Mathews Challenge Index High School Rankings. In the Challenge Index rankings, eleven IDEA schools ranked in the top 25 of all high schools nationwide. In addition, IDEA schools ranked in the top 25% of charter schools nationwide, with eight schools ranked among the top 10 in Texas. IDEA schools ranked in the top 25 among Texas charter schools, and IDEA College Preparatory McAllen was ranked the top high school in both Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, and third in the entire nation! In addition, as we near graduation, IDEA’s class of 2020 will see 1,143 graduating seniors, including 857 first generation college students, begin their college journeys this fall at universities across the nation.
While all of IDEA continues to celebrate every new milestone, we know that none of this success would be possible without the passion, hard work, patience, dedication and love of our teachers.
Here are just some of the things our students have to say about our teachers:
“Our teachers are some of the most supportive people I have ever met. One of my favorite teachers is my sophomore chemistry teacher, Mr. Gonzalez. My grandfather died the same week I had the flu, and I don’t think he realized how much his help and his kindness motivated me to do my best. Being around so many wonderful teachers has motivated me to study education and hopefully teach at IDEA one day.” – Andrea Lopez, IDEA San Juan Class of 2020
“My teachers found ways to challenge me and keep me focused on finding a balance with school, athletics, and my life. My campus community feels like a family. I am a first-generation college student and got into every college I applied to. I want to thank all of my teachers for that. It means a lot.” – Aaron Lozano, IDEA Quest Class of 2020
“I can’t pick a favorite teacher; I love all of them. They support me and help me every step of the way. I struggle in reading a little and my teacher Ms. Gil helps me understand and be better. I would thank all teachers for being there and helping us. I am proud to go to IDEA.” – Davion Guerrero, 5th grader, IDEA Carver
“Our teachers would do anything for us. They care about our success. They do not just see us as students, they see us as people too. I was struggling with AP Calculus, but my teacher Ms. Keyes encouraged me to persevere and not give up just because it was hard. So, I did, and the experience helped me realize that I want to get a degree in mathematics. Our teachers are dedicated to us no matter what happens. Through pandemics and distance learning, our teachers continue to be there for us, and we owe them a lot.” – Bryanna Kerley, IDEA Carver Class of 2020
Teachers, on behalf of everyone at IDEA Public Schools, we thank you for the work that you do, and are so happy that you are part of our Team & Family.
If you’re reading this and are not an IDEA educator, we’d love for you to consider joining our family and making a difference in the lives of students! Click here to learn more about career opportunities at IDEA.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!