Teachers are dedicated, passionate people, so as a principal I encourage my teachers to recharge their batteries over the summer. At the same time, I try to stay connected enough to them that they’ll come back in late July feeling excited and knowing how much I value them. Here are five ways I use the summer to set the stage for the fall and stay connected with your teachers.

1) Handwritten thank-you notes

Once I get everything settled down from the end of the school year, I hand-write a personal note to every teacher and mail it. Email or text might be...

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  • About the Author:

    Tracey Smith is the principal at Brookwood Elementary School in Forsyth County, Georgia, where they use the 7 Mindsets portal to help choose their mindset of the year. Follow her on Twitter: @tbsmith01.