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Deputy Editor - Digital/Audience Engagement

Summer is Digital and Audience Engagement Editor at The Times. Her blog documents The Times’ and Gary Chamber of Commerce’s Community Civility Counts campaign. The idea is simple: Treat everyone with respect and dignity, even those you disagree with.

Civility in the Classroom makes its triumphant return next week

This poster will be in the classrooms at Steel City Academy this semester. 

Happy holidays! 

Students, as you clean up your tree, play with your new gifts and finish your holiday leftovers, I hope you take a moment to appreciate your teachers. 

While you got your sledding, shopping and time with friends in, your teachers likely didn't have much of a break. 

They probably spent most of it preparing for you to come back to the classroom and brainstorming new ways for you to learn. 

Some of them likely spent a good amount of time worrying about a few of you. Thinking about how they can get you interested in a subject, or hoping they are challenging you enough. 

They probably got presents that were more for you than them. Some of them might have gotten Target gift cards or supplies to bring to school. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers that have given me their time, their dedication for the last year. 

Susie Choi and Erica Young from Lighthouse College Prep Academy and Katie Kirley from Steel City Academy have been my light.

And a special shout out to Christine Nicholson from Lighthouse who stepped in and really helped out this summer as well. 

It was this time last year when we were about to launch our first Civility in the Classroom at Gary's Lighthouse high school. 

I was so nervous, excited and scared. Teenagers scared me then. (OK, they still do, but don't tell them.)

This year, I'm so happy to be going into two schools. We are back at Lighthouse and are adding Steel City Academy this semester. 

Lighthouse is about 6 weeks ahead of Steel City, but starting next week, I'll be back at both places helping support the teachers and document the experience here. 

I hope you'll join me. 

Be sure to reach out with any questions, or if you want to bring Civility in the Classroom to your school. 

If you want to know more about CITC, you can read all about it on my blog. That's also where I'll post updates. 

Get excited! I know I am.