June 12 was my final day as a teacher following a 36-year career started in New York, continued in Virginia and ended in N.C., with the last 24 years in Wake County. I earned National Board Certification in 2001.
I am proud of my accomplishments and the knowledge that I have contributed much to the success of my students. I’ve worked with hundreds of dedicated, caring and brilliant educators throughout and have seen many changes cycle through our school system.
The most striking and distressing change has been the recent lack of support for public education and for those who have chosen to teach in public schools. Young and talented teachers wonder whether teaching is worth the trade-off of financial challenges. Bright high school students are not choosing to pursue teaching as a career choice in college. This is about respect and being treated professionally, earning a salary commensurate with one’s education/experience/abilities, as well as having the right to due process.
I hope our legislators will consider the important value of a strong public system of education when making decisions in the next few days. It will undoubtedly have far-reaching effects on the future of our state.