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 The Parent Teacher Conference Experience

10/23/2018 8:00 AM

​The first parent/teacher conferences at Eisenhower Middle School​ were held on Sept. ​18 and 20. I found the teachers to be professional, enthusiastic and above all patient in meeting with each of the student's families. 

My daughter Gabriella is a seventh grader. She has attended Rockford Public Schools since Kindergarten. Prior to this, my two older daughters went to private school and one was home-schooled for a couple of years. These varied experiences of education have given me a great appreciation for what the Rockford Public Schools have to offer. 

The parent/teacher conference is a vital time to meet with the educators that teach our children throughout the school year. These are many hours that they spend with our children, therefore I am very grateful to teachers who have willingly chosen this profession and do it well.

The opportunity to meet with them face to face, shake hands and go over the curriculum they teach, is a chance to make a connection that energizes a partnership in forming our children to the best of their ability. 

For instance, Ms. Lagunas, Gabriella's science teacher, had really cool poster board displays and an itinerary sheet explaining how to succeed in science class, making a difficult subject attainable and fun instead of intimidating. Mr. Breen, her math teacher, was very enthusiastic and spent as much time as needed without rushing you. Mrs. Heddinger, the band teacher, has a lot of energy, which is what you like in a music teacher! As for the rest of her teachers, I felt they were honest and true to themselves, which made me feel comfortable knowing my daughter was in good hands. 

To quote the namesake of this school, "As our heart summons our strength, our wisdom must direct it." May our partnership with RPS 205 teachers support our children's intellectual growth.

Theresa Durbin's daughters.
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