To the Editor:
I was delighted to be hired as a teacher in District 155 in 1985. The warmth and support I received from the faculty and the community was similar to being adopted into a family.
As a teacher, speech coach, and director, I put endless hours into my career. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students. That is exactly what the District 155 teachers are doing.
The awards and invitations to participate in downstate events are too numerous to mention. Students don’t reach their potential on their own. It takes parents, teachers, counselors and coaches. Any student walking in our doors can find a place to excel be it in a play, a musical, a club or a sport.
The teachers go way beyond the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule. Teaching is more than a job; it is a life. Since my retirement, I’ve come back occasionally to substitute. I am dismayed to see the difference in the morale of the teachers. For all their efforts, they don’t feel the backing of the board and the administration.
People purposely move into District 155’s footprint because of its outstanding achievements. But that may soon disappear if the teachers are not heard and a workable contract is not reached.
I would hate to see us lose our fine teachers to other districts, or to other professions. Please support the teachers. They are changing lives one by one.
Fox River Grove