Public Comment by Julie McLean, teacher
January 21, 2014
I’m Julie McLean and I’m proud to be a 2nd grade teacher at Heritage Elementary. I’ve been teaching since 1990 and in Douglas County since 1991.
Yes, I am a teacher……I teach young children how to read……. Books. In fact, one of my students is named Siri, and I teach children how to write……. on paper, and add and subtract using their own minds …with paper and pencil.
I am a teacher who grew up and learned this career in the pre-technology world, of past-ucation…….And I’m a teacher of the future, of jobs yet to be, a teacher of children who are computer literate……but I’m a teacher who still believes in building character and instilling right from wrong, and I teach children how to look into someone else’s eye and say “No! Stop doing that! It’s not okay anymore!” I teach young children to love this world, and to love learning, and to love each other. I teach children how to fill in bubbles and write legibly, and how to sit still long enough to take a mandated test, and I teach children how to stand up to bullies and how to hide and be quiet if there is a threat in the building….
While many of these lessons can’t be measured and be part of the evidence in my CITE standards, Inspired ED, pay for performance, e-Portfolio or backwards planning, I’m a teacher who IS highly effective and who makes every day count……but I’m tired of being told I don’t count and to sit down and behave and be quiet from an elected, volunteer public school board and their superintendent of MY school district.
I am a graduate of Douglas County High School, class of 1985! Go Huskies!! My parents and family still live in this district, they are lifetime supporters of the Douglas county fair and the 4-H program. And I’m part of a family called teachers who have had enough. Enough of wasted days, like Friday, and wasted money on things that don’t matter like Marc Prensky, on things that do not directly improve our schools and help us become better teachers.
I’m here tonight to say enough is enough and to give this district back to the teachers, for we are the ones who live this profession and aspire and dream and breathe with these children each and every day. You have lost sight of what really matters-our precious, innocent future, the children, the teachers and the parents! You have taken the wrong road in your leadership and it’s time say to yourself, enough is enough and do what’s right by these children, for these children and for our future. Thank you.