North Point STI lost two valu­able mem­bers

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As a new school year is upon us, I was very sorry to learn two valu­able mem­bers of the North Point High School STI pro­gram, with more than 50 years in ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, are no longer with the school di­vi­sion. These two teach­ers were known to ar­tic­u­late how much they love to pro­vide in­struc­tion to stu­dents in their ar­eas in ad­di­tion to en­gag­ing de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity ser vice projects to show­case the tal­ents of our stu­dents.

What is trou­bling is that it didn’t have to hap­pen. The blame lies with an in­ef­fec­tive hu­man re­source de­part­ment that has been de­scribed as a mess. One of its core func­tions is to pro­vide sup­port to all teach­ers in the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process. HR should be able to pro­vide a road map for our teach­ers in the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process. Our teach­ers should not have to ask mem­bers of other school di­vi­sions for ad­vice. In­stead many ed­u­ca­tors in our schools teach dur­ing the day, then nav­i­gate a maze of reg­u­la­tions and course work dur­ing the evenings so they can pro­vide our chil­dren a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. Be­ing an STI in­struc­tor only mag­ni­fied this process.

I hope this let­ter sheds light on the weak­ness of this school di­vi­sion. The em­ploy­ees of HR should be re­minded that lack of cor­rect ac­tion on their part has an im­pact on our stu­dents and teach­ers. In clos­ing, these two teach­ers saw my daugh­ter not as one of the many stu­dents they have, but in­stead they value her for her unique­ness and strengths. The loss rests with the in­com­pe­tency of the HR per­son­nel. Shame on you HR, maybe you should be re­quired to meet the teach­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments. Danielle Bran­dis, Arlington, Va.

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