Derrick Ferguson: MCHS teachers ‘overly devoted’
September 24, 2012
To the editor:
To those questioning the commitment of our teachers, I find it comical that you think the teachers of the community have the equivalent of a ‘full time job’ or ‘a business to run.’
I am an ’09 grad of MCHS. I have experienced the phenomenal tutelage of most of the current staff as well as many of the retirees, and close to all of those writing in.
I remember late nights with Katy Gray in the Journalism room putting out the latest issue of the PostScript and getting into my car well after dark. Or Liane Davis-Kling as my homeroom teacher, giving me resources to further my love of politics.
Or, there is Eric Hansen coach of the Speech and Debate team. I spent more time with him via practice and tournaments than my own parents.
These people were not only great friends, but surrogate family, and it wasn’t because I spent my daily allotted time between bells with them.
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These people are so overly devoted to their students it’s a wonder they can have a loved one at home. These are great examples of excellent teachers, but they are not the only ones at MCHS that meet that standard.
To say you have ANY grounds to question these teacher’s devotion because they don’t sit on a panel so they can feel like they are legislating something assures me you know far too little. Perhaps you should get a guest pass from the office and spend a week in their classrooms.
Shadow one of them. Give them a time card for when they start working on lesson plans in the morning to when they go to bed having just exhausted themselves with the latest grant they applied the school for.
We belong to one of, if not the worst funded district in the state. Our teachers are forced to spend their own money, and not just $20.
Until you have the same degree of commitment to the students to be involved IN the classroom and not just on some committee, sit down and raise your hand to speak. Otherwise, you’re just distracting the rest of the class.
Class of 2009