WINDSOR (WBNG) — An English teacher at Windsor High School makes sure before her students hit the books, they’re welcomed into her classroom in a special way.
Kristy Angelo-Symons has been a teacher for 19 years at the Windsor Central School District.
“I love coming into work,” she said.
After seeing a video online she found inspiration for her students.
“Every kid just wants to know that they matter and I think that this is a great way to show them,” said Angelo-Symons.
She starts off her morning with a different kind of lesson.
“She would ask you which one you want,” said ninth-grade student Ashton Davies. “A high five, fist bump, a pose or just a straight up hug and I don’t think that this has really been done before so it’s a interesting way to be nice to your students.”
Students either pick numbers one, two, three or four before entering the classroom. In return, they get a special greeting from their teacher.
“This is a quick second that I can just say you matter when you walk into this room and I mean I love my kids and this is just a way that I like to show them,” said Angelo-Symons.
It’s a second that means the world to her students.
“I like having her greet us in the morning and like letting us choose which way we greet her because not a lot teachers give you that warm welcome,” said ninth-grade student Kayla Mckercher.
“I hope it encourages them to be kind like that to someone else,” explained Angelo-Symons.
Her ninth grade students are already a step ahead.
“It makes us feel like we need to share it with everyone else in the school,” said ninth-grade student Kayla Dean. “We have to have our positive attitudes, smile, and we can greet each other like that also.”