To the Editor:
Teachers in Fairmont and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight today. This day is set aside nationwide to recognize the dedicated work of teachers.
To show pride in our profession, the local association selects one person each year to be its teacher of the year. Over the years, some of these educators have gone on to compete in the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program and have ranked among the top 30 educators in the state. This in itself shows the caliber of teachers our school district has on staff.
Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do. Teachers at Fairmont Area Schools belong to Education Minnesota Fairmont and its goal or motto is "Teachers Supporting Youth." National Teacher Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make in our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We want to take it to the next step.
We believe we all have to work together to make our schools even better. That means everyone in the community - parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government, and yes, even students. Public schools are at the heart of any community. When there are problems, we address them. When there are kudos, we share them.
Community involvement brings learning to life. This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other. I ask the community to learn about how we advocate for high standards for students, fair and meaningful evaluations of their work, and resources that go directly to the classroom. Better than an apple or a thank-you card, a community's active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community's students would be ample reward for all of us.
Education Minnesota Fairmont is a professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. The 106 members work in the community at every level of education from pre-school through high school.
When you have an opportunity, "thank" a teacher for his or her work in making public schools great.
Bob Millette, president
Education Minnesota Fairmont