Posted by Disgusted, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on May 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm
[Portion removed because it pertained to a deleted post] There are many passionate and wonderful teachers in this district. If we were to all pay our own way for things like education then there would be no opportunity for those who happen to be born into situations with less money. Is that really who we are as a country? I think not. We have a moral obligation to provide all of our children with an excellent education so they may all succeed. My grandfather who lived through the Great Depression told me that the government will pay for schools or prisons. Either way you are going to pay for people.
Great teacher = KELDON KLEGG. Keldon is one of Pleasanton's finest! I can't believe how committed this teacher is and how he inspires my child. Kudos Keldon!
Posted by thankful, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm
All of the teachers we've had at Hearst have been wonderful - really fantastic.
But why do you say it's a thankless job? I think parents and kids are very thankful to their teachers and there are lots of joys in doing a good job helping children achieve their potential. My mom was a teacher and really enjoyed it - except the politics :).
Posted by Mom of 4, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm
Many from Amador including, Jon Grantham, Debbie Harvey, Mr. Bull, Mr. Ladd, Mr. Simms, Mrs. Cohn, Mrs. Perriera, Mr. Sira and Mrs. Johnson. Amador seems to have a lot of really good teachers and staff.
Posted by Resident, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on May 7, 2011 at 8:08 am
Scott Gorsuch, Linda Gullick, and Kurt Richey at Foothill are a special breed of teacher. Always giving 100% plus to the development of the student. Their assignments are challenging, innovative and they're always there to help. These are the teachers you remember and they don't need the protection a union provides. They would do amazing in an independent "pay for performance" system like the one piloting in New York. I commend them and others like them within our Pleasanton schools. I hope they remain a positive force in our school - despite the political failure of Measure E. I truly don't believe that Measure E is directed at our good teachers - I believe it's directed at the frustration toward the "system". Keep up the good work!!!
Posted by HS Student, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 12, 2011 at 6:31 am
Though I will not provide names, I especially appreciate my history teachers who teach an alternative view of America. The text they use is authored by Howard Zinn. Here is a profile of Howard Zinn. Web Link