In response to Mr. Walters’ letter on teacher commitment, let me first say that while not all teachers are saints, all of us do have the student’s best interests and well-being at heart.
Student numbers have grown in recent years, and the student population is a mixed bag of learners and learning styles, many of which require our teachers to stay after school for homework club, tutoring, meeting with parents and specialists regarding educational intervention strategies, school athletics, and much, much more.
I stay after school for my own planning and student needs, and often I find nearly half the staff and administration still in the building at 5 p.m., working to prepare appropriate materials for their students. Reducing or limiting class size will help us target even more of those learners flying just under our educational radar.
Committed? I'd say we're committed. Mr. Walters’ past experience influences his impression of educators and their dedication to their work, but I’m willing to bet he’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher in this area who is not committed to taking every available avenue to better educate the students of the Tri-Cities.