What Defines YOU?

A Letter to All Medina City School Teachers

An Anonymous Smart Person Said....

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

Value Added.... You Are Value Added Everyday Not A Score On A Piece of Paper

As I began to see the emails come in over the past several days, as well as the faces of our staff as the value added scores roll in, I have become utterly disgusted by the state system that attempts to define our teachers by a single test score. I will not stand by and watch our teachers be defined by a test taken on a single day by students. I will not stand by and allow our staff to be hurt by what the state has decided to define as a measure of good teaching. I will not allow this to define you. I WILL NOT!

What I will do, however, is share with you what I do know about you and how I define you each and every day. You, Medina City School District teachers ARE NOT A SCORE ON A PIECE OF PAPER. You ARE:

1. The staff who I see buying students food and clothes when they can't afford it.
2. The staff who make amazing videos to support suicide prevention.
3. The staff who stay on the computer late at night and on the weekends, in their basement, answering questions from students so they can do well on their tests.
4. The staff who work individually with students during lunch and recess to ensure they are ready for whatever comes to them.
5. The staff who call the suicide hotline after school hours to be sure students are safe.
6. The staff who collaborate to ensure that our students are all successful, regardless of their ability levels.
7. The staff who spent countless hours and dollars to improve our students' academic performance.
8. The staff who parents nominate for awards such as the IT Award recognizing teachers who are including students with disabilities in their classrooms.
9. The staff who gather together to support one another during difficult times.
10. My heroes!

So, as you look at a piece of paper that the state has determined may be a measure of your teaching, PLEASE REMEMBER--how we define ourselves should never be about one single incident, one single event, but rather a combination of the things we do everyday
and never, ever, let anyone tell you what you do everyday is anything less than AMAZING!

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