Teachers and instructional workers need to abandon their hopes of a step increase in these tough times.
At a time when people are losing their homes, losing their jobs, having to take on the extra expense of taking in relatives who lost jobs and homes, and not getting raises themselves, and with companies passing on their expenses to all of us, it would be unconscionable to get a raise of any kind.
These teachers should be counting their blessings that they at least have a job.
Even our elderly won't get a Social Security raise for two years.
They all do a wonderful job in teaching our children, but must accept the fact that we can't afford it.
Annette Poskitt, Spring Hill
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Re: Quest program
Praise for Quest Academy
I am writing in regard to recent news about the school system's Quest Academy, which serves the county's gifted students. As you might know, the program is being relocated to Challenger from Explorer K-8 for the coming school year.
What hasn't been written in the newspaper or discussed much in public is the talent pool and positive things happening in Quest's classrooms or the progressive strides made in terms of curriculum and programming.
As a fifth-grade teacher for Quest, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest, most ambitious teachers at both the elementary and middle school level. These teachers are driven and full of creativity, which has helped push me past my comfort zone this past school year. Just the small amount of work they have put into field trip planning is mind-boggling. Also, the assistant principal over the program, Diane Azzerelli, has demonstrated endless energy and support for the program and its teachers.
In summary, I would like to assure parents of gifted children and those at Challenger that Quest boasts extremely qualified and motivated teachers and staff who deserve credit for remaining true to the program and their profession, despite the many changes that have occurred.
Steve Haberlin, Spring Hill