Norm Yoast: ‘My commitment to excellence’
September 19, 2012
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.
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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!
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
MCHS girls basketball