Letter: A huge ‘thank you’ to Mathews teachers
As a college student, I spend a good portion of my time away from Mathews. Although I am a proud alum of the Mathews County Public School system and still call Mathews my home, it is difficult to stay up to date on all the happenings of Mathews County. Over the past few days though, one topic has repeatedly been brought to my attention: the Feb. 17 letter of Mr. Hicks and the subsequent responses.
In Mr. Hicks’s letter, he said, "And what does the school crowd want? Pay raises and more money from, well, you name the source." In my 12 years in the Mathews school system, I never once heard my teachers complain about not getting the pay raises or salaries that they deserve. The teachers in Mathews continue to work on a salary that does not even compare to the average teacher’s salary in Virginia, and do so willingly, because they are not in the teaching profession for the money, but to make a difference in children’s lives.
A teacher’s work goes well beyond the classroom, whether it be coaching a sports team, supervising a club event, offering help to students that have fallen behind in class, grading papers, or just being there when a student needs a solid sounding board. They often do these things with no pay, while also giving up a part of their already sparse free time. Knowing all of the work, time, commitment and care the teachers of Mathews put into the school and their students, I personally think that teachers should be asking for more money. If it were not for teachers, how would the accountant know how to add or subtract; how would the airplane pilot know north from south; how would you be able to read this letter even? Our teachers are underpaid and underappreciated. Instead of people making claims that all the teachers of Mathews do is go around asking for money, maybe we should instead put our support behind them.
Like I said, I am a college student, and in the fall I’ll be entering medical school. It is through the support, care and dedicated service of my former teachers that I am where I am today. I personally cannot do anything to change the budget crisis or give the teachers the proper salary they deserve, but what I can do is offer a huge "Thank You" to every teacher in the Mathews County Public School system. Whether I was in your class or not, you still made a difference in my life and I appreciate all that you do.