Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the Editor
Teacher grateful to students for success

June 12, 2013

Dear Editor,

I feel as though I wake up every morning and read about the doom and gloom of public education, kids, and schools.

Whether it's an article about funding issues, union busting, school shootings, annoyed parents, angry teachers, standardized tests, or drop out rates, there is always something negative about schools.

These articles often make the schools, teachers, students, and community look and sound awful. As a teacher, I often shake my head in disgust because these articles are either 100% true or 100% false.

Somehow, through all of the doom and gloom mentioned on the news and in newspapers, I feel like this year was my best year of teaching. It wasn't because of state legislation, new technology, new curriculum, or some great reform, it was because I had an awesome group of kids.

Sadly, we rarely read or hear about the wonderful things these kids do in our schools, so I thought I would try to write a positive, refreshing, feel good letter about schools and students!

The kids at Clarkston Junior High have exceeded all my expectations this year. In addition to succeeding in the classroom, they have excelled in athletics, in the arts, on the stage, and in the community.

They have gone out of their way to help and care for fellow classmates, local community members, complete strangers, veterans, and the families of those who have lost loved ones.

Their compassion, excitement to learn, laughter, and energy has helped me become a better person and teacher. Their desire to come to school early, or stay after school late to review for tests and to work on projects, has motivated me to become a more active, creative teacher.

I can't thank these kids enough for all they have done for me as a teacher and learner. Clarkston is lucky to have a great group of kids here and I hope the community gets a chance to read and hear about all the wonderful things they do! Hopefully in the near future we get annoyed waking up every morning reading about the great things kids, teachers, schools, families, and the community are doing. Keep it up kids and have a great summer!

Thomas McGlinnen

Clarkston Junior High School