I would like to take this time to personally thank all the teachers and administrators in B.C. and especially the staff in School District 67.
This year has been a year like no other. I have had to face difficulties with my children that attend the school district, and direct dealings I have had with teachers have provided support through the adversities and barriers in my children’s lives this year.
I have had weekly updates and meetings with my youngest’s teacher (Ms. Judy Schneider at Columbia School) and principal (Ms. Jan Ramsay) to help her overcome some personal issues in her life. I have had email updates returned with homework and reminders, and most of these emails and meetings take place in the evening and after or before school. I have had a principal at Pen High (Mr. Todd Manuel) rewrite my daughter’s class schedule time and time again to help her find her way in high school, so the transition wasn’t so taxing on her.
I have grown up and graduated from School District 67, and have had the privilege of working with many of the staff professionally in my adult years. In my eyes and in the eyes of many others, these teachers are heroes. These people were not only teachers, but moulders of the mind. They showed us how to write and be creative, to read and express through imagination. They introduced us to sports and teamwork, teaching us how to be accountable for our actions.
I grew up to become friends with many of my former teachers, and now have them teach my children, and we are able to share the life experiences that we once had learned. To not stand up and fight for these teachers is giving up on our children, and I will never give up on my children or the heroes in their lives.