Teachers go above and beyond
To the editor:
I was taught at a very young age to stand for not only what I believe strongly in, but also clear misconceptions in our community.
There is clarity in what the teachers in our Lakeville community are asking for, and that is a fair contract.
As a parent to a student at Maguire Middle School and JFK, I have tremendous admiration and respect for every educator and principal that has not only taught my children about academics, but shared a lot of their life with them.
Mrs. Krueger, who taught my son in fourth grade was an incredible leader and a very humble educator. Becky Bierman at Maguire and Dr. Alexander, have been more than accommodating as my son entered middle school.
As I read the online posts that are negative about teachers, I ask those people, when they stay late at their job as a professional, do they get paid? Well, they don’t. Most educators have a master’s degree or higher, and don’t receive reimbursement funds from the school district to attend graduate school.
I have been at JFK and Maguire at night and witnessed countless hours of teachers staying beyond the call of duty. Homework doesn’t check itself, it is done at night by educators. It makes me laugh when I see comments about how educators have the summer off? Do people really believe that?
Do they know how many educators teach summer school, coach, direct band or drama, and donate endless hours tutoring?
My son who is in seventh grade has a teacher who works two jobs to make ends meet.
I have seen educators who have bought mittens and hats for kids that don’t have any because they can’t afford it.
Teachers are asking for a fair contract, and they deserve it.
I hope that the Lakeville Area School Board can make the right decision.
I would like to thank all of the Lakeville teachers and coaches that go above and beyond for being humble in their words about what they perceive as right. I hope a precedent is set, and yes, they teach the future.