It has been a few years now since my first grade days. Those times are but fond memories in a file of childhood treasures. The person teaching that grade was a grandmotherly looking woman who inspired and motivated by example. Not a single unkind word ever left her lips. Not one discourteous remark or deed was tolerated. Probably the most impressive thing about her was how she was just herself every day.
Each lesson came with instructions we could all understand. Getting good grades was not a must but an encouragement. Being polite was just a way of acting. We looked forward to going to her class. I was blessed in my youth with all good teachers. Today it is sad we don''t have more of them.
Good teachers are leaving for administrative positions due to low salaries and cut supplies to work with. Larger class sizes and more demands by students needs are pushing the Miss Helens out of teaching. There are still plenty left right now for our children. Will there be some remaining for our grandchildren too?
It is up to us who have fond memories of Miss Helens everywhere to make sure there are teachers to educate who want to teach. Our children''s future lies with us to fulfill. Let''s all ensure it is done right.