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Post your stories of great Pleasanton teachers

Original post made by Teacher Appreciation Week, Highland Oaks, on May 4, 2011

Take a minute to share a story of a great Pleasanton teacher who has helped your child along. It's a thankless job.

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Posted by Tea Party Don
a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Castlewood
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 Big Head Mike
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Posted by Teacher Fan
a resident of Canyon Creek
on May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Here are some outstanding teachers my sons had; some are retired:
Judy Hilger, Jim Fields, Sally Stock, Jon Benbenek, Jon Grantham, Kathy Murawski, Michael Leitz, Terry Wilder, Cheri Joyce. Thank you for the job you do.

Posted by Tea Party Don
a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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Posted by thankful
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 :).

a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

To add to Teacher Fan, Sue Spilotopoulus and many other teachers at Walnut Grove, Harvest Park, and Amador.

Posted by Sue Buckenwaldbloom
a resident of Avignon
on May 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I think all the teachers are great. But they shouldn't be making more money than me. Fix the pensions. Get rid of the unions. Then the district can claim my 28 cents a day.

Posted by Happy Mom
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

This thread is not about how much teachers should or should not be paid.

Mr. Simms @ Amador Valley. Hands down the best teacher my kids have had.

Posted by Mom of 2
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on May 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

My sons favorite teacher was Mrs. Benz at Alisal. She is patient and kind. She works very hard to help every child and she was very easy to work with for the parents. Thank you Mrs. Benz.

Posted by Ron
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Mrs. Bull at Vintage Hills Elementary. I thought my son made real progress in her class and she was always responsive to the needs of parents.

Posted by holly
a resident of Del Prado
on May 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

Mr. Ritchie at Foothill High School is an amazing English teacher. He understands the pressures of students and is always willing to help anyone who asks. You rock Mr. Ritchie!!!!!!

Posted by Sandy
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

Mrs. Cohn at AVHS. Mr. Scarborough at Harvest Park. Nearly every teacher my sons had at Walnut Grove!

Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Science Teacher Lata Mistry at Amador High School!

Posted by Mom of 4
a resident of Amador Valley High School
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 Robert
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on May 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Mr. Brix at Amador!

Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
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 VA
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

One favorite teacher is geting a gift card for $98.

Posted by Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Jill Butler 7th grade block at PMS - hands down best teacher my children have ever had!

Posted by HS Student
a resident of Amador Estates
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

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