THANK YOU to the teachers who spoke honestly, eloquently and passionately at our ICPE Community Conversation: "Let's Hear Teacher Voices" on Thursday May 1st.
We were thrilled to hear from seven local teachers at our Community Conversation: Megan Somers Glenn, Kindergarten teacher at Marlin Elementary School, Erika Peek and Ben Strawn, fifth and third grade teachers from Summit, Sheila McDermott-Sipe, English teacher from Bloomington South High School, Kathleen Mills journalism teacher from Bloomington South, Greg Chaffin guidance counselor from Bloomington High School North, and Kathy Loser, librarian, also from Bloomington North.
Teachers discussed what they loved about their jobs and why they teach. They shared the wonderful projects and ways that they make a difference in kids' lives. They also touched on how difficult it is to be constrained by the state requirements that aren't developmentally appropriate or are too rigid (like the 90 minute required reading block for youngest students and the IREAD-3 exam). It was clear that these teachers are making a big difference in kids' lives and passionate about their jobs. One teacher said, when describing her job, "There is no end to this job. It is a way of life."
Look for a link here to the CATS tv taping of our event and find out yourself just how truly amazing our local educators are and what you can do to support them.