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Re: “Questions loom about group proposing Raleigh charter school

I am appalled by many things in this article. I currently teach 6th-8th grade language arts at Triad Math & Science Academy and have been for two and a half years now. I am licensed to teach 6th-9th grade language arts from Greensboro College, a B.A. in English from UNC-G, and have three and a half years of teaching under my belt, so I would say that I am qualified to teach. I also have been working with students for ten years in various jobs including lesson planning and organizing events. I have been the department head for language arts and now, I am the Team Leader for 6th-8th grade. I disagree with many accusations in this article. First off, the fact that the writer is using WikiLeaks as a source is horrible. I even teach my students to not use anything from Wiki whether it is Wikipedia, WikiAnswers, and so forth because anyone is able to post and change anything on these websites. I teach my students to not use these websites in their research papers. It would be like quoting from a tabloid such as the National Enquirer.
Next, there are many teachers from other countries and from here who do a fabulous job in the classroom whether it is with the curriculum, classroom management, and even understanding the English language. Yes, we do have teachers from Turkey, but we also have teachers from Russia, England, Sudan, South East Asia, Romania, and more. We are a very culturally diverse school, and I thoroughly enjoy working here. I have taught students from Turkey, Sudan, China, Korea, Portugal, El Salvador, Mexico, Africa, Egypt, Algeria, the islands, and other various countries around the world. I feel more comfortable at this school being able to share and teach about our cultures, languages, backgrounds, race, prejudice, biases, and much more than most public and private schools that I have worked at or interned in.
As for Linda Bedell, a disgruntled parent, from my previous years at TMSA. I am the teacher that she is mentioning in the article. If I were to make a typing error, she would be outraged; nothing was perfect for her child. Tim was a wonderful student and can excel at anything that he puts his mind to. I find it humorous that she says I cannot spell or punctuate when I am constantly pushing this grammatical lesson with my students by teaching daily grammar exercises, assessing constantly, and editing their papers over and over again, but I will forgive her.
As for the 8th grade class, in most charter or private schools, once a child reaches 8th grade, they choose to either stay or go to a public high school. We do not have 12th grade yet, but we are moving in that direction, and for many 8th grade students, that can be very scary being one of the first graduating classes at our school. Students are also looking for more social events that we are still trying to add on being very new. We are only three and a half years old; we are still young. This is the first year that we have had an athletic program, and it is thriving in basketball, soccer, and wrestling. We even have a cheerleading squad. If a child wants to play football or other sports, be in the marching band, take AP classes, be in the IB program, or go to an Early College, then our school may be a good stepping stone to get there, but we do not offer these programs yet, and I do emphasize the word yet. I have recommended at least ten different students for AP classes, the IB program, and Early College here in Greensboro. I am very proud of my students who are succeeding and trying to go further in their educational career. I have students who come back to visit and many previous students say they wish that they were still in my class.
So, as you can see, the author of this article does have all the facts. Opening a new school in the Triangle area would be a great decision. Our testing results show the proof, and if you ask our teachers students, and parents as a majority, you will find a satisfied group of people who love education, want to work together, and will stop at nothing to help children grow, learn, and succeed. Thank you for listening.

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Posted by Teacher@TMSA on 01/26/2012 at 9:12 AM

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