Letter: In Pembroke, lack of support for teachers
I am so sad that our Pembroke teachers’ contract did not get passed and by the lack of support from voters. There were only a handful of residents there.
One resident had the nerve to get up and say, “I am tired of hearing that this is about the kids; teachers should do the job because they love it.” That is why I do it. That is why I buy all my own supplies, spend countless hours at home researching and lesson planning, spend nights up worried about the children I am responsible for.
The fact is, as much as I love my job, I have a master’s degree and this is my career. I have one of the biggest responsibilities in this country, while this country makes it almost impossible to do so efficiently and I get paid less than people who pick up trash for a living (which I have tremendous amounts of respect for. Every job holds a purpose). To top it all off, as a teacher I am the first one blamed when students do not do well on some stupid standardized test.
I moved to the town I teach in because I am proud of the schools and so proud of the professionals I work with who work their tails off to provide every student in this town with not only an education, but with love, respect and kindness. This is not a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job. This is a 365 days a year, seven days a week job. I love my job, I love my students and I love this town.
It is always about the kids. I just need enough money to support my family, just like everyone else.
(The writer is a teacher at the Pembroke Village School and a graduate of Pembroke Academy.)