05.06.2020|Inside Verizon

A mailbox full of gratitude.

By: Andy Choi

Sharing your heartfelt thanks for the ones who guide and care for us.

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We know we’ve been saying thank you. A lot.

But we’re just scratching the surface! Let’s use our Good mailbox to extend that attitude of gratitude to all of the fine folks you want to thank.

First up: Our beloved teachers:

  • Teacher Appreciation is a personal matter for Dave Whyte, Senior Analyst of Channel Management from Newport News, VA, who shared a picture of his wife, Leah, taking care of their son, Leo. Leah is also a kindergarten teacher. Between Leo’s naps, she records herself reading books to her students.
  • We got to see Mike, the husband of Tina Collura-George, Marketing Analyst from Piscataway, NJ, caring for his 11-week old grandson while simultaneously caring for his 11th graders online. Tina says all of their Verizon services allow her history-teaching spouse to work seamlessly.
  • Luke Ammerman, a Client Services Management Lead from Plymouth, MN, shared scenes from a parade dedicated to his daughters’ elementary school. Luke’s girls are making sure their teachers feel the love.
  • Kelly Pickens, Senior Learning and Development Trainer from Brentwood, TN, and her family of teachers returned the love right back to their students, holding a parade for graduating seniors.
  • Valerie Barber, Health and Wellness Coordinator from Basking Ridge, NJ, wanted to thank her daughter Alexa. She’s a fifth grade special education teacher, reminding students to keep reading.
  • Ashley Clos, Special Projects Management Lead from Cary, NC, shared this photo of herself with her favorite teacher who taught social studies for 30 years. Ashley calls the teacher “Mom.”
  • Anna, the daughter of Yvonne Rocco, Manager of EEO from Basking Ridge, called her high school teachers her heroes.
  • Kaavya, the six-year-old daughter of Pinal Pata, a recruiter from Basking Ridge, sent love to her teachers.

In the same way that we appreciate our teachers, we’re also celebrating Nurses Appreciation Week:

  • Rick Plunkett, Central Office Field Engineer from Boston, MA, has two nurses in his family: His wife, Maureen, and his daughter, Molly. Maureen spends long hours in the ER at Boston Medical Center instructing nurses on how to properly wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). She does all of her instruction on the front lines, side by side, with her fellow nurses.

It’s this type of everyday heroism that is one of the reasons why nurses, teachers and their families receive our special pricing for their personal accounts.

Who else should we cheer for? You know the email -- good@verizon.com -- let us know who you’d like to thank as we continue to highlight all the amazing people in our lives.

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