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Join the Discussion: Teacher appreciation week

Celebrating the heart of education

Teachers, one of the most important influences in our lives, mold us into who we become by building a foundation of our knowledge. Their actions and efforts set students up for future success as doctors, engineers, lawyers, and even teachers. Educator’s impact on students go beyond the realm of the classroom, inspiring and encouraging them to strive for excellence in all aspects in their life.

Fun fact: There are 3.7 million teachers in the U.S including private and boarding schools!

Fun facts you may not know about some of FC’s amazing teachers! (The Feather)

In 1984 National Teachers Appreciation Week (NTAW) became an official national holiday celebrating educators all around the country. Every first full week of May is dedicated to take time and recognize the teachers that leave a lasting impression on our lives. 

This year’s week of celebrations kicks off on Monday, May 6th lasting through the 10th. Here on campus, the FCS teachers and staff will be celebrated with daily gifts to make their day brighter.

Daily Themes 

Sweet Treat Monday

-Kick off the week with a special treat box 

Thank You Tuesday 

-Kuppa Joy in the staff lounge fridge from 7-9am

Wonderful Wednesday 

-Italian family dinner (Spaghetti noodles, pasta sauce, garlic bread)

Thoughtful Thursday

-BBQ luncheon during lunchtime in the staff lounge

Fun Friday 

-Muffins in the staff lounge fridge 7-9am

Thank you teachers!

Maya Cortez, ‘27

“Thank you Ms. Cerda for challenging me and pushing me to the best of my abilities.” 

Willow Gatlin, ‘27

“I’m thankful for Mr.Polston. When I need help with my schoolwork or am not ready for a test coming up he helps me. What I appreciate most is that he always makes time for me.  When I feel the need to talk to him about anything he is willing to listen. He has been the best teacher ever, and I am truly blessed to have him as my teacher. ”

Emma Wisley, ‘27

“Mrs. Manzo, my first and second grade teacher. She made school fun and made an effort to make a personal connection with me. She passed away about a year ago but I will never forget her.” 

Camden Breshears, ‘27

“Dear Mrs. Breshears, thank you for everything you do. You teach math amazingly and it’s easy to understand. I hope you can keep doing what you are doing.”

Allison Inks, ‘27

“The teacher I’d like to thank is Mrs.Vanderkooi for always being so patient with me and helpful! She’s one of the biggest encouragers and I wouldn’t have made it this far without her.” 

Zoey Aguirre, ‘27 

“I would like to thank Mrs. Larson for teaching me how to be a leader in God’s eyes and to show kindness to everyone.” 

Xyra Baranda, ‘27

Mrs.Clarno– 

She has made a great impact on my life because she’s taught me a new perspective on music than just playing the notes written on the paper. Mrs.Clarno is also so encouraging and entertaining. I’m glad she is apart of my life and for the new point of view for music.” 

Kamryn Penberthy, ‘27

“Thank you Mr.Fuller for always encouraging me and helping me be my best self. Thank you for all the Father Thomas’ too, they are very encouraging.” 

Blake Bay, ‘27 

Mr.Falk always gives me hugs. He is the goat!”

Jayson Morgan, ‘27

“Mrs.Rachel Owens. She was my 5th and 8th grade teacher. No matter how often I would get distracted, she would never get mad. Favorite teacher ever.”

Tryphena Gunawan, ‘24

“I’m thankful for Profesora! I took Spanish 1, 2, and 3, and while the material was definitely challenging at times, I always appreciated Profesora’s positive attitude and how she always helped us when we asked her for help. Learning a language is no easy feat, but Profesora definitely made it easier. I also love how obvious her passion for teaching Spanish is. It is really great to have a teacher that loves the subject they teach! Being in her classes helped me learn Spanish and while I am certainly far from fluent right now, I love being able to understand and catch onto bits and pieces when I can, like from movies or books. I look forward to learning more Spanish in the future and am thankful for Profesora and the foundation she has given me! Also, her dog, Oreo, is super cute.”

Boomer Mericle, ’24

THANK YOU MR. CANTU!!!
“Mr. Cantu has been the best biology, anatomy, and AP bio teacher. Although my attention span is the size of a goldfish’s brain, Mr. Cantu has managed to captivate me with his passion for teaching.
Thank you Mr. Cantu!”

Chloe McDonald, ’24

Thank you, Mrs. Hoffman!! I have had an amazing experience being your elementary intern in your awesome first-grade class. I look forward to every morning being started in your class. You are an incredible teacher who genuinely makes learning fun for the little guys. Thank you for being such a safe place, I am forever grateful for your kindness and mentorship.
Love you loads

Danielle Arndt, ’26

THANK YOU, MRS. COUNTS!!
I am so thankful for your heart and concern for us not just our grades. When I got my concussion you cared about me making sure my health was more important than your class. And when it was time for me to catch up, you worked so closely with me and helped me every step of the way. I hope you realize how thankful I truly am for you
Love you so much!!

Brooklyn Tweedy, ’27

BIGGEST THANK YOU TO COACH VILLINES!!!!
Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. You are not only my coach but a person I look up to. You’ve done so much for me and I cannot describe my gratitude. Thank you for coaching me, helping me, and being a role model. Love you so much.

Madeleine Durham, ’26

Thank you, Mrs. James! AP USH has been so fun and has strengthened my love for history. I have learned so many things from you in Feather as well that I could not thank you enough for. You are an amazing teacher and mentor, thank you!

Natalya Mananian, ’26

Mr. Falk is an amazing teacher who has helped me and many other students grow closer to God. I am so grateful for the love and joy that he brings to our school. Thank you Mr. Falk for all you have done for us!

Julia Castiglione, ’25

Biggest thank you to Mrs. James!
Thank you for continuing to push me to be my best self even when I feel like I can’t. You are always encouraging me and everyone in the classroom. Thank you for relating to us on a level that most teachers wouldn’t. I love your heart and the inspiration that you get just from the little things. I love you! Thank you!!

Tyler Hamm, ’25

Thank you to Mr. Falk, Mr. Cantu, and 5th grade Mrs. Siebert. I will always remember the amount of grace, forgiveness, and patience you all had with me and your other students. You all such awesome people.

Hailey Higton, ’27

Thank you Mr. Fuller for being a great strength teacher. He always makes me laugh and lets me do pushups in his class. I am very thankful for him.

Thank a teacher in the comments below! We would love to hear about your favorite teacher. Join the discussion down below!

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About the Contributors
Miracle Neal
Miracle Neal, Editor in Chief
Second year Feather Veteran, Miracle Neal is a Senior, lifer, and varsity girls soccer captain at Fresno Christian Schools. Neal fully devotes herself to her work, proving to be a hard-working person as she juggles an AP class, college classes at Clovis Community, and playing with the Albion Soccer Club. She continues her journey with The Feather to further develop confidence and people skills she hopes to apply in her future profession as a pediatrician. In her free time, she enjoys indulging in psychology books trying to grasp how her mind and others function.    
Garrett Alvis
Garrett Alvis, Journalist
   Garrett Alvis is a sophomore at Fresno Christian High School and two-year veteran of nationally-renowned newspaper, The Feather Online. Garrett has a passion for bringing God glory through cross-cultural ministry. Garrett serves on the school worship team and has a deep love for music and visual arts. He takes pleasure in experiencing all of God's beautiful and intricate creations that he is able.
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    Natalya MananianMay 7, 2024 at 11:28 am

    Mr. Falk is an amazing teacher who has helped me and many other students grow closer to God. I am so grateful for the love and joy that he brings to our school. Thank you Mr. Falk for all you have done for us!

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    Julia CastiglioneMay 7, 2024 at 10:21 am

    Biggest thank you to Mrs. James!
    Thank you for continuing to push me to be my best self even when I feel like I can’t. You are always encouraging me and everyone in the classroom. Thank you for relating to us on a level that most teachers wouldn’t. I love your heart and the inspiration that you get just from the little things. I love you! Thank you!!

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    Garrett AlvisMay 7, 2024 at 10:15 am

    Thank you, Mrs.James, for being an amazing teacher for two of my classes. Your classes are the best part of my school day and always bring me joy. Whether it be when you start conversations in class getting the whole class involved or being the best NYC tour guide. Thank you Mrs James for being the best teacher we all know you truly care about your students.
    – Garrett Alvis

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    Hailey HigtonMay 7, 2024 at 10:13 am

    Thank you Mr. Fuller for being a great strength teacher. He always makes me laugh and lets me do pushups in his class. I am very thankful for him.

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    Tyler HammMay 7, 2024 at 10:11 am

    Thank you to Mr. Falk, Mr. Cantu, and 5th grade Mrs. Siebert. I will always remember the amount of grace, forgiveness, and patience you all had with me and your other students. You all such awesome people
    -Tyler Hamm

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    Madeleine DurhamMay 6, 2024 at 11:35 am

    Thank you, Mrs. James! AP USH has been so fun and has strengthened my love for history. I have learned so many things from you in Feather as well that I could not thank you enough for. You are an amazing teacher and mentor, thank you!
    -Madeleine Durham

    Reply
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    Brooklyn TweedyMay 6, 2024 at 11:34 am

    BIGGEST THANK YOU TO COACH VILLINES!!!!
    Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. You are not only my coach but a person I look up to. You’ve done so much for me and I cannot describe my gratitude. Thank you for coaching me, helping me, and being a role model. Love you so much!
    -Brooklyn Tweedy

    Reply
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    Danielle ArndtMay 6, 2024 at 11:32 am

    THANK YOU, MRS. COUNTS!!
    I am so thankful for your heart and concern for us not just our grades. When I got my concussion you cared about me making sure my health was more important than your class. And when it was time for me to catch up, you worked so closely with me and helped me every step of the way. I hope you realize how thankful I truly am for you
    Love you so much!!
    Danielle Arndt

    Reply
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    Chloe McDonaldMay 6, 2024 at 11:07 am

    Thank you, Mrs. Hoffman!! I have had an amazing experience being your elementary intern in your awesome first-grade class. I look forward to every morning being started in your class. You are an incredible teacher who genuinely makes learning fun for the little guys. Thank you for being such a safe place, I am forever grateful for your kindness and mentorship.
    Love you loads,
    Chloe McDonald

    Reply
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    Christopher MericleMay 6, 2024 at 10:50 am

    THANK YOU MR. CANTU!!!
    Mr. Cantu has been the best biology, anatomy, and AP bio teacher. Although my attention span is the size of a goldfish’s brain, Mr. Cantu has managed to captivate me with his passion for teaching.
    Thank you Mr. Cantu!
    -Boomer Mericle

    Reply
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    Meilani Gilmore YoungMay 6, 2024 at 10:20 am

    I want to thank Mrs. Ainley, for being such an amazing teacher. I am so glad I joined drama this year. Thank you for always encouraging me and supporting me. You have allowed me to grow in my leadership skills and get experience with stage management. I love you!

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