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!
Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1 can visit the Welcome Center, 501 7th St., to enroll.
Rockford Public Schools will honor a teacher, an artist, a musician, an actor and a high school theatre production at its third Fine Arts Hall of Fame Awards in March.
School start times and dismissal will change by 10-to-15 minutes at most schools in the 2019-20 school year.
Current fifth, sixth and seventh graders are invited to audition.
Six finalists are RPS 205 teachers.
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