Scandal! The new North Dakota teacher of the year isn’t a member of the union!
Beth, who happens to be a remarkable teacher, passionate advocate for students, and a really kind and sincere gal, was the clear choice for ND teacher of the year. However, when she was in the lobby of the hotel prior to the afternoon reception for the TOY finalists, she was asked not to attend.
“Two members of our leadership team gave her opportunities to join the union today,” I was told, “but she chose not to. That’s just sad. I hope she comes around at some point.”
I guess I can understand their disappointment, and I realize that they were paying for the event, but that’s just plain rude. Can’t we all honor her achievement and hard work on behalf of children? Can’t we respect the fact that many teachers have a different viewpoint on some issues than union leadership? Can’t we all just get along? I kind of thought we were all on the same team, at least.
I hate to put it this way, but as a middle school teacher… let’s grow up a little.
[Editor's note: some relatives of mine saw this on the front page of the Grand Forks paper and forwarded it to my dad, who forwarded it to me. Scandal! http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=91749§ion=homepage ]