Letter: ‘Cream of the crop’
This letter is in response to Mr. Hicks’s letter published Feb. 17. In his letter, Mr. Hicks stated that the teachers of Mathews County are "lucky to have a job," and in this economy I believe, yes, those who have not been laid off and still have full-time employment are indeed fortunate.
However, as a mother and a member of the Mathews County School Board, I believe our community is "lucky" to have such fine, dedicated professionals working with our children daily.
The employees of Mathews County Public Schools have made significant sacrifices of time and treasure over the past several years every time they were asked. Not only do they step up, but they do so with a merry heart and continue to provide a safe educational environment that benefits the children of Mathews County.
In walking the halls and entering the classrooms of our schools, you would never know these employees have not had compensation increases in years. These professionals are smiling, teaching and doing so with the highest degree of professionalism and enthusiasm.
For the past 12 years, I have had the pleasure of my child attending Mathews County Public Schools, and for just over three years I have had the honor of working alongside our teachers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, cafeteria workers and faculty during my service on the Mathews County School Board. These professionals are the cream of the crop. Each and every day these professionals provide the very best education for our children in a safe environment. The results of their hard work and dedication are seen in Mathews County having one of the highest graduation rates in the commonwealth.
I recommend readers read the "Schools" and "Sports" section of this paper to catch a glimpse of the outstanding accomplishments of our teachers and students weekly to truly understand the wonder of Mathews County Public Schools. Know also, there is much more that doesn’t make the paper.
To all those who work for Mathews County Public Schools, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation and a hearty "Thank You!" for all you do for the children of Mathews County. Thank you for continuing to put the children of our community first! Thank you also for your personal sacrifices during these difficult economic times. Thank you for volunteering on weekends and evenings for sporting events, clubs, and just to prepare for your students! You are truly the "Pearl of the Chesapeake!"
Cobbs Creek, Va.
Vice chairman, Mathews County School Board