Teacher Appreciation Week at Walter G. Byers Elementary School

Posted 06/02/2015 | By HealthCorps

From May 4-8, Walter G. Byers Elementary School in Charlotte, NC, hosted Teacher Appreciation Week for its staff. The goal of the week was to appreciate teachers with helpful lessons, massages, and snacks; promote wellness; and provide educators with tips and tricks to end the year strong!

Maggie Baker, Coordinator at West Mecklenburg High School, and Latisha Williams, Coordinator at Garinger High School, were both invited to participate in the week’s fun and present a healthy activity. Together, they decided to focus on “Stress Management Tips and Tricks” to help teachers discover new ways to tackle the final months of school with less stress.

On May 6, during lunch breaks, dozens of teachers stopped by Maggie and Latisha’s station to de-stress, making stress balls out of balloons and rice and learning of different ways to approach challenging situations. “I really need this,” said a Walter G. Byers teacher. “I never know what to do to manage stress.”

Maggie Baker first connected with Walter G. Byers at an event on March 6, which honored and celebrated Social Work professionals during Social Work month. Maggie spoke to 45-50 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools social workers about what HealthCorps is and the role she plays at West Mecklenburg High School as a Coordinator. Afterward, she led a stretching exercise, discussed keys to staying balanced in life, showcased The Happiness Advantage video by Shawn Achor, and closed with discussing the meaning of happiness and how to maximize one’s own personal happiness in and outside of work.

A social worker from Walter G. Byers who was present at the event was impressed with Maggie’s presentation and later reached out to her and Latisha to invite them to participate in the school’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

“It was a wonderful event,” said Maggie “I’m so glad I was able to be part of it.”

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