Students come to me on a
regular basis to share their troubles, stresses and excitement. I have hugged
students to celebrate college acceptance letters and to mourn the loss of
family members. Teaching is so much more than books, pencils and curriculum. Students
need as many trusting and supportive adults in their lives as they can get, and
I, along with many Rockford teachers, strive to be that person for our students.
As a society, we tend to focus on the bad things that happen in Rockford ... the
violence, the police activity. Please know that our schools are filled with
amazing people, both staff and students. The students I work with, and have
worked with, are doing wonderful things ... and they know I have their back.
Recently, I was at a volleyball game as a coach and got hugs from both sides of
the net (actually, that happens at every game!). I only wish that we could
continue to celebrate all of the amazing things that are happening around us,
rather than focusing on the negative.
I love what I do! I love sharing books, goals, and dreams ... supporting goals
and accomplishments ... reaching out as students reach beyond high school! This
is the best job ever!
Rockford School Board member Jaime Escobedo submitted his resignation from the board effective Wednesday, May 29.
All RPS 205 elementary and middle school students will follow a shortened schedule on Monday, June 3.
Ethan Strombeck will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The elementary schools will close after this school year.
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