Recently I was attending professional development with Mike Mattos. The development was centered on the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process and how we as educators can improve our practice so that all kids are making more than one year’s progress. During his presentation and interactive professional development he quoted Rick Defour by saying, “Never in the history of earth has the quality of teaching been better.”
As I looked around the room I saw over 300 teachers from across our state and at my table sat five amazing teachers from Fox Hollow. They were all there because they want to improve their already solid practice. They want to become even stronger teachers than they already are.
This was a seminar on how to become better at our craft and that is one of many reasons why his statement is so true. The teachers of Fox Hollow are continually looking for ways to become more effective teachers. The reason for this is for the kids. Our teachers want their kids to succeed. They are in this profession for the kids and the future of our society.
Parents who regularly volunteer in our schools see, on an ongoing basis, the amazing job our teachers are doing.
I want to say thank you to those parents who take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer. You are making a difference; you are seeing the amazing skills our teachers possess and are willingly share with your children. I want to say thank you to our legislators who take time out of their busy schedules to visit our schools. By doing so you are expressing a heartfelt interest in our children and in the future of our society.
Volunteering takes many forms. It may be reading at home to your child, cutting out projects at home, tutoring a neighbor, spending time at school, listening to your child, helping with homework. All of these activities are helping to build our society into a better place to live.
Those that spend time in our schools know first hand that what Mike Mattos and Rick DeFour have said is true. That is, “Never in the history of the earth has the quality of teaching been better.”
To the parents of Fox Hollow I say thank you for helping our school be the best. Without you and your support we would not be able to do all that we do to educate your children.