Kristin Allen: A very committed group

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To the editor:

I would argue that the individuals in this community who are some of the most ‘committed to excellence’ are, without question, teachers.

I am the wife, niece, friend, sister, granddaughter and colleague of a teacher. My colleagues, friends and family members are ‘committed to excellence’ with regard to providing a quality education to the children of this community.

They are some of the most committed people I know.

They commit their time. I can honestly say that I don’t know a single teacher who thinks that their “commitment begins and ends with the daily school bells.”

Many teachers I know work far into the evening hours. Not only does their commitment not end with the school bell, it continues well after Friday afternoon rolls around.

There are dozens of teachers parked in the lots of schools across the district each and every Saturday and Sunday. Their commitment does not end with the school year.

Teachers can be found working for our students well after one school year ends and well before the next begins.

Teachers, contrary to what the editorial board would lead one to believe, also commit their time to supporting one or more of the three organizations mentioned by the Board.

I know many teachers who committed countless hours to the spring book drive sponsored by FMCE. I know many teachers who have supported FMCE Fun Runs. I know many teachers who are members of the Moffat County Booster Club.

They commit their money. I challenge you, Editorial Board, to find a teacher who does not spend his/her own money on their classroom and students.

You want us to commit “$20, $30, or $40 to theses causes?” What about the $200, $300, or $400 teachers spend out of their own pockets each year?

And they do it willingly, without complaint.

Teachers are committed to excellence. They will give what is required of them in order to bring out the excellence inside each of their students.

The students who don’t believe they are capable of excellence. The students whose parents often don’t believe they are capable of excellence.

Who believes, editorial board? The teachers do.

And so they give. They give their time. They give their money. They give their hearts.

They do it, editorial board, because they love their students. They do it, editorial board, because they love their community. They do it, editorial board, because they love their jobs.

Not everyone is lucky enough to say that. I, for one, count myself among the lucky few.

Kristin Allen

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