Hello, I'm Darla the Teacher!
As a preschool teacher; I've experienced a lot of challenges and accomplishments.
I learned to step outside the box and become a teacher that is exciting and unpredictable.
Which made learning a fun experience for myself and my students.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
My letter to the President of the United States... and his reply.
Dear Mr. President:
you are busy and I’m sure you get tons of letters, and I’m not even sure if
they get to your desk. But, I wanted to reach out to you about our Early
Childhood Education system. I have been an Early Childhood professional for over
20 years. I have never made a lot of money, but I love the children and
profession so much I didn’t care.
I see a
lot of articles about schools being given grants to open Pre-Kindergarten
programs, and as much as I feel this is honorable, I think the teachers have
been forgotten. Simply put, they need more money. They do this job out of
passion. A little known fact is that most of these teachers live under the
poverty line and have to get public assistance, such as food stamps, to
And I’ll bet most of them take their own money to spend on their
students, from food for cooking projects to stickers and prizes for kids who
make an exceptional effort in learning. Even with these grants, many materials
and extras aren’t budgeted by our schools. I know this happens because I’ve
lived it. What mattered to me the most was that my students had a wonderful
Early Childhood experience--even though I was living check to check.
you are an educated man and, to me, an amazing President, though I don’t know a
lot about what your job entails and the amount of stress you are under. But, I
live this life every day, and I want more than anything for Early Childhood to
be a profession that is taken seriously—through a more competitive pay scale, and
greater, modernized standards for teachers that will result in a better name
and reputation for the industry. It has become my life mission to achieve this.
currently work at a non-profit organization in a preschool class with homeless
children, and it is the most challenging position that I have ever had in my 20
years. As I set plans to take my experience to another, higher level as an
advocate for Early Childhood education, I send this letter for not myself, but
the other teachers that are working so hard and so under-appreciated in the
that you or one of your representatives respond to this letter in a way you see
as appropriate. But please understand that my love for the Early Childhood Education
field is not a single action--I know there are more of us out there, and
compensating them competitively and helping them understand that what they do
is just as important as what an elementary school teacher does would mean so
much to them, and help create a better industry to give young children the
strong educational foundation they need to be successful.
you for your time.
Blogger- Darla The Teacher- (www.fatcheeksnet.blogspot.com)
President Obama's Reply:
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