Let’s all celebrate Military Appreciation Month

Wyoming Department of Education > Superintendent's Weekly Update > Let’s all celebrate Military Appreciation Month

Dear Superintendents,

On Monday, May 13, Governor Gordon will proclaim May as Military Appreciation Month – I look forward to attending the ceremony and celebration. Military Appreciation Month was introduced by Senator John McCain and passed by Congress in 1999.

We would love to help you celebrate past and present military servicemen and women in your schools using social media. Send photos and blurbs to thom.gabrukiewicz@wyo.gov. Here are a few observances during the month of May:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019. The Friday before Mother’s Day is a day to honor military spouses.

Armed Forces Day
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019. A day (and the week leading up to it) to thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

Memorial Day
Date: Monday, May 27th, 2019. Commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.


Early in the week I had a visit from a retired Wyoming education leader, Bill Hardesty, who now works with Troops to Teachers. The program’s tagline is “Proud to Serve Again” and assists veterans who want to become classroom teachers.

When you hire a veteran, you bring unique skills, experiences, and dedication to your schools and students. Skills needed to be successful in the military transfer nicely to the classroom and community.

Here is a link to learn more about Troops to Teachers.


Bill Hardesty of Troops to Teachers visited the WDE to share the work of the organization during Military Appreciation Month.

Tech directors met in Casper this week. There were great conversations about district tech infrastructure, computer science standards, professional development, leadership, the legislature, and much more.

tech directors conference

Memos to be released on Monday, May 13:

  • 2019-063: Virtual Education Vendor Teacher Collection
  • 2019-064: Change in English Language Proficiency Criteria
  • 2019-065: Public Comment Computer Science Standards