MEA members sound off on Facebook about upcoming opportunities, challenges

With the new school year finally upon us, MEA asked members via its Facebook page what they were looking forward to most in the 2013-14 school year. Here are just a few of the many responses:

  • Cherie Wade Honeycutt, teacher, Alpena Public Schools: “I look forward to being back with an amazing staff at Besser Elementary in Alpena. We are facing a financial crisis, as are many schools. But we are a group of passionate, caring professionals who strive every day to face the challenges that come with being an educator and to work towards giving our students a top-notch education.”
  • John Pakledinaz, teacher and president of the Farwell Education Association: “As president of our union, I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss membership with new teachers hired in our district, Farwell Area Schools. In the classroom, I am looking forward to the flipped classroom model I will be experimenting with in my chemistry class.”
  • Bonnie Adams, food services ESP, Thornapple-Kellogg Schools: “I look forward to a great year at Thornapple Kellogg Schools in Middleville. Although times are hard, the children still come in smiling. When they graduate, they know T.K. put everything into teaching and they have learned everything they need to know in life. We work together (parents, teachers and support staff) to help all kids succeed.”
  • Brad Wenz, teacher, Romeo Community Schools: “Romeo Community Schools is implementing the technology that our community provided via a tech bond last fall. I’m looking forward to training and slowly integrating the tech into my daily class life.”
  • Kay A. Mitchell, retired teacher, Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools: “This is going to be strange for me, because after more than 33 years with the Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools, I retired. I have been walking past all of the back to school stuff thinking that I don’t have to stock up this year.”
  • Lynn Fish, teacher, West Iron County Public Schools: “[I’m] looking forward to a new bunch of kindergartners. The challenge will be the enormous number of them!”
  • Mary Aldecoa, teacher and president of the Fowlerville Education Association: “I am looking forward to another year teaching beside the extremely hard-working, caring, and dedicated members of the Fowlerville Education Association. Whenever I feel the urge to become discouraged because of the constant attacks on public education and teachers, I turn to them to draw inspiration and hope from their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom.”

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