Do you live in a district where the teachers are negotiating a contract or working without a contract?
I had the privilege of speaking at the Spring-Ford Area School District School Board Meeting tonight.
Feel free to fight for your teachers if you feel they are worth fighting for. I firmly believe that Spring-Ford teachers are worth fighting for as shown in my letter below. Share this with your school, any school, anyone…Teaching is a profession that has impacted all of us. Don’t forget that after you graduate!
Check in with one of your former teachers to see how you can help fight for them just like they fought for you.
Good evening School Board Members, Administrators, Teachers, Staff and Parents of the Spring-Ford Area School District,
My name is Kristi Hertzog. 12 years ago when I moved to Limerick Township I never knew what a blessing that would be for my family.
In 2011, the year my oldest daughter Camryn who has an Intellectual Disability, Autism and ADHD was being evaluated for Kindergarten, I suffered a debilitating illness that left me in a coma and hospitalized for four months. My husband never left my side and because of that it prevented us from being part of the transition process from Pre-K to Kindergarten.
The Administrators, Counselors, Therapists, Teachers and Staff worked relentlessly with my parents to create an IEP for Camryn with the goals and objectives that I would have created if I were able to be there. My parents often say this had nothing to do with them.
Now I am proud to say I have three other daughters who attend Limerick Elementary and have NEVER been disappointed in the collective 720 days that they have spent in that building. My daughters are treated with respect and dignity.
I am here tonight to urge you, the School Board Members of the Spring-Ford Area School Area School District to treat our teachers with the same dignity that my children are granted.
This district is a highly ranked district and the compensation the teachers receive should reflect the high achievement levels of the district.
Parents are not the sole reasons students achieve; achievements are gained because of the climate and culture in our buildings.
We all know that a dispute over a contract is unfair to the community, the administrators, support staff and teachers in this district. Part of student success is based on the moral of a building. Disputing over a contract does not build bridges and open the lines of communication, it creates barriers for our teachers and those barriers affect our children.
Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs of today. Trust me, I have been a teacher for 17 years and unless you are in the daily trenches of education, there seems to be a disconnect. The teachers in this district are led by exceptional administrators. Because of that, the teachers exhibit enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning. These teachers strive to make a difference in our children’s lives.
I urge you, make a commitment to the professionals who build relationships and improve things inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers build our community. Hard work and determination in the classroom extends to the entire school and community.
The teachers in our district continue to further their own education through graduate education courses and the average salary of the teachers is evidence that you have employed professionals who plan to spend their career here. This is what we want as parents; dedicated teachers who spend their tenure at Spring-Ford. Freezing salaries does not show that our teachers are respected. It leads the community to question the last time retaining excellent teachers and supporting our staff was at the forefront of your mind. Members of the School Board, your teachers are the number 1 priority of the families you serve.
As a parent, teacher and a voice for our community I want to be able to trust that you will not dismiss these words tonight.
Please take a moment and reflect on the top 5 people in your life who have influenced your success. I guarantee at least one of those people is a teacher.
Say thank you to your past teachers by respecting the teachers who serve our community, the teachers whose responsibility it is to continue to make our district one of the best in Pennsylvania.
The only way to respect the members of our community is to respect the teachers. Please compensate your teachers by giving them the contract they deserve. And most importantly, please respect our children and allow them to walk through these doors on August 28th.
Thank you for your time.