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Today we look at the foundational relationship that determines student success - teachers - and the forces that often divide their attention in unhealthy and counterproductive ways. As the past two years have shown, teachers are expected to adapt to the changing technologies of virtual classrooms, grapple with their own fears about Covid-19 exposure, and support the mental health of their students and parents, all while designing curriculum and teaching engaging classes on a daily basis.
Yet even with what feels like insurmountable challenges, teachers persevere and go above and beyond. A local example we celebrate is New Haven teacher Nataliya Braginsky who was recently awarded the 2021 National History Teacher of the Year, a subject area of prime importance to understanding equity. Acknowledging the announcement and her inspiration, Nataliya shared, “This honor belongs to my students, who unearth untold histories, who educate their peers and communities, and who in their vision for what is possible, point us toward a more just future.”