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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A normal Wednesday in Chelsea Nulliner’s 2nd grade math class at Central Elementary in Beech Grove led her to usher in her class of about 20 into small groups for learning.

Nulliner has been in the district for eight and a half years and she even graduated from Beech Grove Schools.

She said things have been difficult day-to-day lately after two years of the pandemic, but administrators have been helpful in making sure teachers are comforted and supported. She feels they make sure staff and students have what they need.

“I was actually pregnant during the pandemic, so it was kind of nice to have this virtual learning. I was still able to see my students and be together in some sense. It was tough, but it was always nice to be with them,” Nulliner said.

For her, the hardest times came right after the pandemic. During the quarantine, students and staff had an “in and out” period, meaning they would be in person for a little while until the number of cases spikes and forces them to go virtual. Starting parts of the program in person meant starting all over again after an “exit” would occur. Nulliner felt the students had to catch up.

It was her surprise when she saw her superintendent, Laura Hammack, and other administrators waltzing into her class adorning orange fuzzy boas and antenna headbands.

“Here she is,” exclaimed Hammack. “You have been stung!

Nulliner’s class was just as shocked as she was, though they cheered on their math teacher as she was still frozen and shocked at being stung.

“I’ve always wanted to get stung, because when you see everyone getting stung, you know it’s a good feeling to watch,” Nulliner said.

The administrators gave him a bag of cookies, a planner, his favorite candies, Chapstick, a Hornet t-shirt and a Hornet pen.

That’s what getting stung means, because the school mascot is a hornet.

“We have a wheel that we spin every week. It includes 300 names of our staff. We choose a name and the employee is then celebrated by getting stung that week. We give them cute bags full of things they like like their favorite candy and we get that information from principals and other people. We also give them gift cards,” said Laura Hammack, Superintendent of Beech Grove Schools.

Mitzi Garman, the school’s director of communications, said it was the district’s way of showing appreciation to its staff.

“We were about a week into the school year when we decided they had been through so much in the past two years. It’s a small thing it seems, but if we could just give a little surprise, fun and joy to their day, that’s what we want,” Garman said.

For Nulliner who returned to teaching mode with her students after the surprise, she said she appreciated the thought.

“It really helps with those tough days because it’s teaching. You are going to have those tough days. I’m so grateful to have this. Like I don’t know what to say because it’s such a good feeling. It’s such a great support,” Nulliner said.

You can find the school bite of the week here.