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Teacher Appreciation Day: Above and Beyond Edition

Educators have gone above and beyond during the pandemic, and their students have noticed

Teaching can be a challenge under even the best of circumstances. But in a pandemic, when educating kids means Zoom classes and phone check-ins and balancing students' desire to learn with their need to help their families? The job becomes absolutely heroic—and even more essential. And students have noticed, especially those enrolled in AP classes.

We've rounded up some of the love teachers have been getting from students (and sometimes parents). It's exactly what we all need in these strange, uncertain times. If you're a student (or a parent or even a fellow teacher) who wants to give a shout-out to a great teacher, send us an email or tweet us @CBelective.

Mrs. Francell, my AP English Language teacher, was strict but kind. She was meticulous about grading assignments. At first I resented her, but then I respected her. She took time to write 130 personal notes to each of her students. She also bought breakfast tacos the day of the test. Mr. Lopez made AP U.S. History informative and entertaining. He also took his time to connect to each student respectfully. My AP teachers have been an inspiration!

Class of 2020 student, Texas

Mr. John Lujano KS should be awarded the AP Teacher of the Year.

Class of 2021 student, Kansas

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I was in an unfortunate motor vehicle accident the week before my AP Exams. The injuries sustained from this car accident prohibited me from being able to participate in the AP Exams purchased by my school this year. The program coordinators at my school and the district, particularly Mr. John Boie, have been very helpful in allowing me to take the tests next school year for college credit. They should receive special recognition for their efforts to allow my transition back to AP classes after the major injuries of the accident. I thank them for their efforts to allow me to reach my full potential.

Class of 2020 student, Arizona

Mr. Rangel, my AP World History teacher, is the greatest teacher I have ever had and has influenced me as a student to work better in school.

Class of 2021 student, Texas

My AP U.S. History teacher, Mrs. Maureen Shinnick, is very educated and truly wants each student to do well. She offers lots of help to all students and is always present with a kind and confident word. She is amazing!

Class of 2020 student, Illinois