I recently learned that there are now only 10 teachers in my department. There used to be 15 or 16. Our school has had a drop in enrollment in recent years, so when teachers retire or quit, they're not replaced. Anyway, it takes me a while to find out about these kinds of things because I make up any excuse possible to avoid department meetings. But now that I know this little fact, I proudly tell my students:
"You are being taught by one of the ten best English teachers at this school. It's a fact."
Makes them feel better about being stuck with me, I'm sure.