Voice: If only half the ECESD teachers were doing well, trouble would follow

May 24, 2001

After reading the letter published on May 15 written by Sally Sanchez, I felt a need to respond.

I am an elementary teacher in the El Centro Elementary School District. I have worked long and hard for this district for 20 years and have never felt the teachers were so substandard as to say that "only half of them are doing their job."

Do you truly believe the people of El Centro would allow such an atrocity in our schools? Is the district lying when they publish that every school in El Centro has met language and math standards and has raised their API scores? Would your child, or any child, stay in a classroom where they are not respected by their teacher? Would the administrator at that school site allow such behavior to exist?

The only answer I can come up with is, "NO!" I apologize for those teachers who have given you such a sad view of public education in El Centro. Thank God you are the type of parent that does inquire about your child's teachers and make requests. God bless our freedom in this country to ask for and receive the teacher you have requested for your child. We have so much to be grateful for and yet we take the time to tear each other apart in public.


In a perfect world, all people would be treated with respect. All employees would give 150 percent to their employers. All people would be honest and trustworthy.

We don't live in a perfect world. As a teacher, I do my best to treat my students with respect and would never hold their parents' views against them. The teachers I have worked with in El Centro are honest, hard-working, dedicated individuals. They are not perfect people, but they love the children in their classes and end each workday wondering if they could have done more.

I see good things happening in ECESD and I do not wear rose-colored glasses. I do not work as a teacher to earn your respect. I am a teacher because I love learning and I love children. I want desperately to end this school year with a contract so that I may get on with the job of teaching in the fall, and I speak for all of the teachers in El Centro when I say, "When you have walked a mile in my shoes, then you may pass judgment on me and my peers."

May God bless you, Sally Sanchez, and soften your hard heart.


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