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Letter: Teachers need to practice etiquette

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By The Staff

I would like to begin by saying how invaluable I know teachers are to the education and wellbeing of our children, and how difficult I know the job to be. Having gone through several general education courses, including Field Base II, and having determined that I have not the talent nor the skill to be a teacher myself, I am especially aware of the tremendous fortitude, strength of character, and patience it takes to be a teacher. That being said, I would like to know what has happened to the etiquette of the teacher?

There is a tremendous amount of information on the etiquette of the parent and the etiquette of the student, however I have not been able to see for myself any demonstrable etiquette practiced on the part of several of the teachers my family and I have come in to contact with. After reading about the teachers that were placed on leave for their behavior outside of the classroom and in a public setting, I was flummoxed when my children and I gave an effusive and polite hello to a teacher on the street and this teacher outright sneered at us and gave a very sarcastic hello. I was so hurt for my children’s sake, as my children idolize teachers and look to them as role models, even outside of the classroom.

I explained to my son and to my daughter that this behavior had nothing whatsoever to do with them, and that unfortunately professionalism and manners were lacking on the part of many so-called teachers. This particular teacher evidently heard what I had been saying to my children and actually stopped in the middle of the street and proceeded to yell at us from a quarter of a block away. I could not hear what this teacher was saying, however I was stunned, and chose to completely ignore this teacher.

My point is, if a trained teacher is unable to handle dealing with the public in a courteous and professional manner, and especially in a public setting, perhaps they should consider a different career. Teachers must necessarily come in to contact with parents and children from the school where they work, outside the school, even should the children not be in that particular teacher’s class. This is especially true in the case of a small town such as Las Vegas. It is hurtful and demeaning to the children who are then spurned by them. I certainly understand that it is not the job of teachers to befriend every parent and student they come in to contact with; by the same token it is their job to display a modicum of courtesy and professionalism.

I would like to end by saying how grateful our family is for our daughter’s teacher, Ms. Tara Cudia, who is in my own estimation the hallmark of the supportive, professional and kind teacher. Without her guidance and strength of mind and character, we would not have been able to overcome some of the many hurdles we have had to jump over with my daughter’s transition from an elementary school setting to that of a middle school setting. I would also like to thank the Rio Gallinas Charter School as a whole for even existing, as this school is truly a unique learning environment with many opportunities for growth and development, not just academically, but also socially. Thank you Rio Gallinas Charter School!

Brynerin V. Anderson

Las Vegas