I came to teaching late in my career. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Schools today are very different from the ones I attended.
The kids at Edward Little High School are awesome. They are incredibly bright and full of energy. In 15 to 20 years, these same young men and women will be running our businesses and government. Our future is in good hands.
At the same time, today’s kids face challenges we never dreamed of when we were young. They are tempted by alcohol and drugs, which are far more prevalent today. The Internet provides information on topics kids used to be shielded from. Many students are dealing with learning and emotional disabilities. Some struggle just to come to school.
These are the students who need great teachers like Tina Vanasse. With her certification in special education, she is adept at analyzing why a student is having trouble learning. She devises ways to reach those students so they can be successful. She listens to students, holds them accountable and treats them like the young adults they are.
Beyond that, she genuinely cares about her students and they know it. It is not uncommon to have a student stop her in the hallway to tell her they were accepted into college, often a student who would not have made it without her guidance and nurturing. She gives them a hug and tells them how proud she is of them.
I am very grateful that Mrs. Vanasse teaches at Edward Little.
Connie Irland, Wayne