Local teacher takes pride in schools

To the Editor: I write this letter in response to the Tribune article, “Schools get report cards” (Aug. 22).
Aug 28, 2013

The article insinuated that the individual buildings are somewhat competing with each other to get the top scores, shouldering the blame and responsibility squarely on the staff of each school. The author of that article seemed to want her readers to think that somehow, the answer to the disparity in those scores lies within providing increased professional development of teachers.

Yes, this is certainly a factor that contributes to school achievement. In fact, well-renowned author, teacher and mentor Lucy Calkins will tell you that the best gift you can give a child is a highly effective teacher. I would like to ensure the general public that no matter what building, no matter what classroom door your child walks through next week, they will be greeted by the very best, passionate, caring, highly qualified, professionally developed staff that education has to offer.

How can I be so sure as to make such a bold statement? Because we are fortunate to live in an area that draws from a huge pool of educational hopefuls, and our administration is proud and confident that you are getting the best of the best. I am lucky enough to work in a building filled with passionate educators who work tirelessly and relentlessly toward not only educational achievement, but on goals not measured by a state-mandated, less-than-perfect assessment system. 

I can also say that is wouldn’t matter which building I worked in, I would still feel the same!

Kathleen Sexton
Robinson Elementary School teacher




Mrs. Sexton, you are ABSOLUTELY correct! We are so fortunate to have MANY wonderful schools to choose from in this fabulous district! Our family is indeed VERY lucky to be at Robinson Elementary, and in fact, we are very excited that our child will be in your class this year! Keep up the FANTASTIC work, GHAPS Teachers and Staff! You are truly fantastic, and appreciated more than you'll ever know!


Schools are buildings, buildings cannot teach anything, to educate takes patience, talent and mostly passion to educate. Buildings are a liability but a passionate and dedicated educator cannot be made or purchased. Sometimes we see elements of the education system that see it and treat the education of children as a business for profit, those found with an agenda but void of passion should be ran out of the education system all together while keeping the gems who seemed to know what they would be when they grew up early on and have sustained their passion through the years from the energy of their charges...Good teachers are born, not made and blessed to be a blessing.

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