By VT Fellow Sharon Davison

This blog post was originally posted on Sharon Davison's original blog, Kindergarternlife.

Being a public school teacher is an honor and a privilege.  I have the ability to make a difference daily through my work.  The idea that I am able to work with lots of different children and families each year enhances my own learning and perspective.  I am able to support all families and their children as they enter Kindergarten.

Being a public school teacher I do my best daily to ensure quality learning experiences and opportunities that enrich and enhance learning.  My ability to use resources and seek resources that support the growth for all my students is important.  My students and their families count on me to support them, keep them informed and seek my perspective in regards to their children.

I expect nothing less from my country.  I expect the United States Congress to ensure that all children and their families will be valued, supported.  We will offer the best education that we can provide.   We have an opportunity to provide high quality teaching, to  be our best, and to encourage and highlight student growth.

Today I wear red in solidarity with other educators because…..

I am a proud public school teacher and believe in the public schools.

I believe that communities need to be part of the process in making decisions about what children in their communities need.

I want all children to get the best public education they can.

I support programs that feed families, provide medical care and other community resources that help them and their children learn.

I believe in teacher voice and trust teachers to know what their students needs are and to advocate for them.

I am sad to say that I am not feeling confident in the candidate Betsy DeVos who has been nominated for Secretary of Education.  I expect the Secretary of Education to have an understanding of what it means to live in all areas of socio-economic backgrounds. I think about her limited perspective and how it does not support all families.

I expect that people in high levels of power in our government will be advocates for all the children, that they all matter and deserve the best we have to offer.

I expect education leaders to support teachers’ voices and listen to their ideas about what needs to happen to ensure a high quality education for everyone.

I expect education officials and leaders to be able to speak and be informed about the latest research and current issues we are facing as a nation and have a solution based plan to help teachers, parents, students and other elected officials work together.

I have been an advocate for teachers, children and their families for over 30 years.  The heart of my work is the daily interaction I have with my students.  By learning alongside my students and their families I develop an understanding of what life is like for them, where they come from, what they need and what they are passionate about.  Through my interactions I invite dialogue, discussion and opportunities to learn from them.  My perspective has been enriched and widened.  This helps me explore learning in a more global and inclusive way.

I expect the Secretary of Education to understand these ideas and beliefs.   I ask our elected officials that are representing us – Is this the best you can do for our children?

Sharon Davison has been a public classroom in Vermont for over 3 decades. She has taught grades 1st-4th and is currently in her 9th year of teaching kindergarten. Sharon is an online facilitator for the NEA Professional Practice Communities and facilitates 2 online groups; Kindergarten Connections & Digital Tools & Learning Pre K-Grade 2. She is the NEA Foundation award winner for the Angelo Dorta Teaching Excellence Award 2016 & was recognized as an Ignite Teacher in March, 2012 for being innovative & creative in regards to technology. She is engaged in work around family engagement. She is also a NEA Foundation Global Fellow. Sharon has published posts with Smart Blog on Education, Kidblog, Teach.com, Learning & Leading with Technology(ISTE). She has presented at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta and locally, in Vermont. She is passionate about sharing how technology can enhance & enrich learning.

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