Elementary School Teacher, Grand Blanc, MI - October 25, 2015
I have had a fantastic career as a teacher in Grand Blanc Schools. I just have always wondered if how I teach, what I believe, and my sincere desire to help urban students know the joy of learning would be accepted by those children.
I have always thought that if talented high school sports players are recruited for their skills by colleges, willing proficient teachers should recruited or at least allowed to transfer to inner city schools without being penalized by losing money to do so.
Being candid, however, I would have great difficulty teaching a scripted curriculum as I have been allowed to teach in my own way while adhering to my district's expected benchmarks. I believe that I have made a positive difference in my students' lives.
I hold Grand Blanc Schools in the highest esteem for giving me the freedom to teach in my own way. Twenty some years ago, I was asked by the superintendent to form a committee to create an alternative type school in our community. We wrestled with the challenge for two years or more but finally created a very small multiage program of two classrooms. Being housed in a building that has multiple programs such as Parents As Teachers, Children's Garden, and Community Education has limited our growth to four classrooms. City School has been a delightful educational experience that I will cherish forever.