Above and be­yond

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - PHYL­LIS SWINDLER Sper­ryville

Last week I was sit­ting in front of Rap­pa­han­nock County El­e­men­tary School, wait­ing for my daugh­ter to fin­ish up some last minute sub­sti­tute in­struc­tions be­fore tak­ing me to a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment. I was amazed to see teach­ers show­ing up at 6:50 — 9 out of 10 car­ry­ing over­flow­ing satchels of work that I can only as­sume were filled with work taken home to do over the weekend.

I write this be­cause I want ev­ery­one to know how blessed we are to have these ded­i­cated teach­ers — who are, in my opin­ion, over­worked and un­der­paid. Their day may end at 3:30 or so (as­sum­ing they don’t stay later for coach­ing, tu­tor­ing or other af­ter school ac­tiv­i­ties), but based on what I saw, it ob­vi­ously starts again once they get home.

Proud mother of two teach­ers,

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