Norm Yoast: 'My commitment to excellence'


To the editor:

I am writing in reference to the editorial: Commitment to excellence?

Here is my comment on your teachers in Moffat County.

Take a look on Saturday or Sunday at any school parking lot. See the teachers’ cars? They are there on their time, away from their families, doing work so your kid is challenged and well educated on Monday!

Those forced panhandlers you speak of, earn money for programs that the district is not fully funding, or not funding at all. They do this to maintain programs, buy equipment, materials, etc.

I know for a fact, I supported programs by buying Bulldog cards, golf balls, chocolate, and many other things. Plus I have purchased equipment and supplies for my classroom from my own wallet—last year over $400.00. I will also guarantee you every teacher in Craig has done the same.

I just got home—it is now 7 p.m. I left for work at 6:45 a.m. No complaint, it is the career I chose to do, and enjoy everyday of it.

My wife, also a teacher, is still at school and it’s 7:30 p.m. now.

How many of you editorial board members have volunteered to help in the classroom? Work the gate at an athletic event? Pick up trash after a football game?

A true commitment is not “sitting on a board,” it is dedicating your life to the kids of Moffat County.

Step into my classroom—here is the open invitation—see my commitment to excellence! Step into any classroom and see my co-workers commitment!

I have taught in Craig for 20 years, and I am honored to work with these people. Every one of them is committed to excellence in educating the future leaders of our world!

Norm Yoast

Craig Middle School science teacher

Colorado Association of Science Teachers board of directors

CMS writing teacher

CMS Gifted and Talented grade 8

CMS River Watch teacher and volunteer

CMS football

MCHS girls basketball


Tammy Showalter 4 years, 7 months ago

I have had three kids go through his classes as well as been coached and not once did I ever have reason to question his methods. I never doubted his dedication to his students either. Mr. Yoast's letter should be front page!

and just wondering what the bleachers have to do with teachers......the editorial should have stuck to one point ...


teachtolearn 4 years, 7 months ago

I am also a teacher. Once I heard someone in business say that he taught for a year. "It was easy," he said. "I just let them duke it out if there was a problem. If the kids didn't figure it out, they should ask someone else in the class." The sad thing is that everything is easy if you don't do it well. Awesome job, Norm. As always, you did it well.


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