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Lesson in teaching

February 14, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Many "dedicated professionals" are teachers, said one educator who responded to my blog item last week on Ripley.

The blog noted disappointment for the Ripley Education Association letter that arrived in mailboxes in the town questioning the possible plan before the Feb. 5 vote. The proposal passed by 20 votes.

Here is a portion of that note sent to my e-mail address:

"I am curious how you know the demands that come with the job of teaching. Are you a current or past educator?

"You are right, the average work week is 50 to 60 hours.

"I have donated thousands of dollars back to students, in the last 18 years especially. This list includes an annual scholarship for a deserving senior from my family, I co-founded a group that provides items students need to succeed in school, (often I went and purchased it, because it was not in stock from our limited supply room), special activities/projects where students could participate if only they had the money, I funded so all could participate in my class.

"I became a class adviser two years ago, so all students in the class could take a trip to New York City, and donated my full stipend and then some, so all could take this 'Trip of a Lifetime.'

In between these "extras" I continually work to improve my lessons, and grade papers with care to provide my students with the needed feedback in order to pass the rigorous Regents exam. I put my heart and soul into my profession and all for one reason — my high school students. I love them. I wish this aspect of teaching would make an editorial — even once.

"The myth that most care only about their paycheck is not true. I work with many dedicated professionals."


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