open letter to teachers

We at Remark feel so lucky to work with teachers year after year. Through our collaborations, we get the chance to talk with educators from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Some have been running their classroom for decades. Some have been running their classroom for days, but all have valuable insights into the value and challenges of teaching. One thing we hear most often is how difficult the work can be for first-year teachers. Starting a new job is always hard, but starting a new job as hectic and uniquely challenging as teaching can be a Herculean task.

And while some new educators have transitioned from other careers, many come to the profession straight from school. The stress of navigating life after graduation for the first time can create immense personal and professional obstacles, especially when combined with the challenges of a new, complicated job. So today we wanted to acknowledge these difficulties and offer our support. Of course, as creators of test grading software, we want to help make teachers’ lives easier. But more importantly, our team is made up of people who genuinely care.

Some of us have been in this business for years, and some are young professionals. Many of us were great students once, and a few were great educators. All of us, though, are invested in the communities that we support, and all of us understand that teachers have the power to shape not only individuals but entire generations. The work is often hard and thankless but always inspiring and essential. To the new teachers, we wish you the best of luck as you embark on this new phase of life. Please, lean on your mentors, your communities, and us (if you feel so inclined) for support. And try to keep in mind that it will all become easier in time. To all teachers, we want to thank you so much for everything you do.

We appreciate you and have so much respect for your work. As the first day of school approaches, we wish everyone a productive, safe, and happy year.

Sincerely, The Remark Team