Mrs. Brenda Reep of Durham, North Carolina
has three children in the public school system. During the past
school year, two of her children attended elementary school and
one attended middle school. Brenda expressed her appreciation for
the "extra mile" effort of two of her childrens teachers.
According to Brenda, her child in fifth
grade had been retained the previous year and by teacher request
placed in the same teachers classes again. This teacher provided
extra help during his own personal time for her child. Additionally,
he provided books for her child to read, extra practice in division
problems and continued monitoring and support in areas of weakness.
Although she truly appreciated his efforts for her child, she was
impressed by the fact that he provided the same exertion to meet
the needs of other students in his class. The fact that this teacher
truly cared about his students struck her the most.
Brenda noted that the teacher of her
child in second grade made all the difference in her child’s school
experience. Almost daily communication between parent and teacher
formed the basis for a successful year. During the first grading
period, Brenda’s child began experiencing difficulty, but communication
and cooperation between parent and teacher created a support system
that fostered success. Brenda noted that this teacher spent extra
time with her childmore than was required. The one-on-one time
this teacher provided was invaluable. Brenda stressed how the willingness
of the teacher to listen and take the time to answer questions created
an open line of communication.
"Communication is the key…the
biggest thing," she said.
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