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Port Moody parents, students rally in support of elementary school teacher

Parents say the departure of beloved teacher mid-year puts emotional strain on kids during a pandemic year.

A group of parents and students rallied in front of their Port Moody school this morning (Feb. 1) to support a teacher who they say is an inspiring, creative educator who should be nominated for an innovation award.

Neither the school district (SD43) nor the Coquitlam Teachers Association would comment on the situation to the Tri-City News, citing a personnel matter.

For that reason, the name of the teacher is not being published.

However, parents say the Mountain Meadows Elementary teacher is well-loved by students for her creativity, including fun projects that inspire learning, sport leadership and clubs.

Carly McIntyre said the departure of the teacher mid-year is disruptive, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when students have been stressed by all the protocols and changes.

"We can’t fathom why it would be in best interest of students during a pandemic," McIntyre said.

Since learning that their teacher will be leaving the school at the end of the week, parents have sent letters and contacted school board officials.

"We think given the community out-pouring of support, including, current students and previous students, the district should consider an objective review," said McIntyre.

Approximately 40 people, including parents and students, stood outside their school early Tuesday for about half an hour, waving signs of support for their teacher.

"We think this sends a strong message," McIntyre said.