North Point lost two valu­able teach­ers

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I re­cently read a let­ter to the edi­tor con­cern­ing the loss of two STI teach­ers from North Point High Schoo. Both re­tired early out of frus­tra­tion and lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion with the hu­man re­source depart­ment of the board of ed­u­ca­tion.

The North Point motto is “the real world starts here.” That has been shown to be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. I know both teach­ers, Ms. Jones and Coach Brown. Com­bined, both teach­ers had more than 50 years of ex­pe­ri­ence. Ms. Jones was the sta­ple of the North Point Skill­sUSA club. Coach Brown ex­panded the draft­ing pro­gram by ex­pos­ing stu­dents like me to the var­i­ous schools of ar­chi­tec­ture and giv­ing me and oth­ers the op­por­tu­nity to work on ar­chi­tec­tural projects through­out Charles County.

More im­por­tantly, they cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment in the class­room in which stu­dents ex­celled be­cause that was the ex­pec­ta­tion, not the ex­cep­tion. I have al­ways be­lieved and felt that the Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion hired the best teach­ers for the stu­dents and our com­mu­nity, un­til now. Ca­reer tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers are not eas­ily re­placed. The ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge they bring to the class­room come from years of work­ing in the field.

Through no fault of their own, the re­place­ments clearly lack the work­place knowl­edge and skills of these two for­mer em­ploy­ees. Mr. Simms, the prin­ci­pal of North Point, clearly demon­strated poor lead­er­ship in not re­tain­ing these valu­able em­ploy­ees. It sent a clear and dis­tinct mes­sage to the other STI teach­ers. In the end, the stu­dents and the com­mu­nity of North Point will suf­fer the loss.

To Ms. Jones and Coach Brown, on be­half of your for­mer stu­dents, good luck and we will miss you. Rachel Tom­lin­son, Wal­dorf

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