INDIANAPOLIS — After a school year unlike any other, it was impossible for Indiana to choose just one teacher to recognize as Teacher of the Year. Instead, the state honored all its teachers.
The Indiana Department of Education announced Tuesday that it named all Indiana teachers Teacher of the Year following a school year of unprecedented challenges.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought new complexities and challenges to schools with no advance warning,” State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick said in a news release. “Teachers across our state have displayed a level of flexibility and commitment, underscoring the fact Hoosiers really are #INthisTogether.”
Teachers throughout the state were forced to suddenly adjust to remote and e-learning in March when school buildings closed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parades of teachers driving through students' neighborhoods, honking horns and holding signs with messages like, "We miss you!" have also been a regular sight over the past couple months.
The state will resume its regular selection process for Teacher of the Year in 2021, but all were recognized for their work under the most unusual circumstances in the 2019-20 school year.
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