Sunday, June 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Teachers deserve respect

Teachers deserve our respect

As a substitute teacher in Pasco County, I recently had the opportunity to work as a long-term sub for a seventh-grade science class. It was quite an eye-opener. My respect for teachers has quadrupled.

As a substitute, I would arrive in the morning and find the plans for the day and the attendance roster set out on the desk for me. I would follow what the teacher asked of me, keeping the students focused and on task. At the end of the last period, I would straighten up, leave a note for the teacher and go home. My school day was done.

As a long-term substitute, things were a little different. I was in much earlier than usual, making sure everything was ready for the day. I would stay later in the afternoon to grade papers, help students who needed additional help and make sure the classroom was presentable for the next day.

My school day didn't end when I left the classroom. There were still more papers to grade, grades to be put in the computer (e-sembler), emails to answer, parents to talk to and preparations to be made for the next day.

I was fortunate to have the help of two incredibly good science teachers. They assisted me in planning the curriculum and getting supplies together for the students to work with. I don't know what I would have done without them. And I only did this for six weeks.

The parents were supportive, the teachers and staff were encouraging and the students were great. I'm not writing to complain, but to heighten awareness of what teachers do. They are truly dedicated to their profession and to the students they teach. They deserve the respect and support of all of us.

Ruth D. Salvaggio, Port Richey

Re: Jan. 19 Bill Stevens column

Magic extends past fixing tricks

"It's amazing! It's tricky! It's magical!" were my first impressions after sighting the column on Paul Lembo and his abracadabra world.

This informative review, by columnist Bill Stevens, was significant to me because several years ago I, as club president, had the opportunity to welcome Paul Lembo to perform for the computer club of Heritage Lake. This master magician offered the small group a sterling Vegas-style performance, exhibiting his many talents and creativity.

Magician Paul Lembo, now a retired tricks' fixer, was a pleasure to meet and, as the column indicates, an amazing man. Thank you for this fact-filled human interest article.

Barbara O'Connor, New Port Richey

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