REASON has decided to take a wonderful story about a teacher touching the lives of students and turned it into a political message....Shame on you Reason.
Vicki Meisner was actually my 2nd grade teacher many years back and yes, if you had done your research on the district she works in, it is small, very small. Small districts such as this also have their challenges, despite class size.
But the POINT of the article moves on to dedication, love and innovations in teaching. I can still remember the assignments, projects and even the personal interests of this wonderful teacher. Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgroves, creative writing projects turned into books via carbon copy paper (I think I even gave one to my parent's for a Christmas present that year...), singing in the classroom and one of my favorite things...reading books about pigs (one especially...with wings...) and discovering that this was one of her favorite things to collect! :) I remember the caring touches, the loving looks and the push to make us do better than what we were. I can picture the set up of the classroom...where her desk was in the room.....these are the things that touch students, the things that they bring with them in life that help to enhance their learning.
Thank you Mrs. Meisner.