What would we do without our teachers?!
It's a question so many parents across the country and around the world have asked themselves in the past 12 months as the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close their doors and begin distance learning.
But as students of all ages begin returning to the classroom or continue gathering on computers to interact with teachers, many educators are going above and beyond to make the transition a smooth and easy one.
For some teachers, they've left the classroom and surprised students at home—all while practicing social distancing, of course. Others have delivered birthday and graduation gifts nobody saw coming.
Regardless of the act, they all share a common thread: It's all out of love.
As Americans mark one year since the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic, we decided to applaud just some of the many educators doing their absolute best. For many, this isn't about extra credit or bonus points. Instead, it's simply what they feel compelled to do everyday for their special students.
Take a look at 20 teachers who deserve a round of applause for their innovative, thoughtful and creative acts of kindness during a whole new time. And do us a favor: Join us and thank an educator for all they're doing.
Mark your calendars! NBC News' Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie will anchor a special primetime hour titled COVID One Year Later: Life After Lockdown airing Thursday, March 11 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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Originally published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. PST