Summer Ends for District's Teachers

The school district's convocation Monday signaled the end of summer and the start of a new year.


After a summer of not seeing each other, there was lots of greetings and hugs Monday morning at Hamden High School -- not among students, but teachers who attended their first day of the school year with an assembly with Supt. of Schools Fran Rabinowitz.

Classes start Thursday, but summer ended Monday for the district's teachers who were welcomed back by Rabinowitz, Mayor Scott Jackson and Board of Education chairman Michael D'Agostino.

Jackson said he sees first-hand what wonderful teachers the district has with his son's teachers at Ridge Hill School.

"The teacher sees a spark and says, let me make something great, and that's what a teacher does every day -- we're going to make you the best you can be and when you come here, you're safe and you're learning," he said.

"Summer vacation is over," Administrator's Union president Jeanne Cooper told the teachers. "No more sleeping in, no more staying up late, no more summer reading, no more days at the beach. 

"We have to stick together as a team," she told them.

When looking for heroes, many look to celebrities when they should look to teachers, Teacher's Union president Diane Marinaro said.

"Teachers are the real heroes in today's society," she said. "No other profession can match what we do or see or feel."

And as for the saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach?"

"What a bunch of crap," said Hamden High School science teacher Tracy Stockwell, who was named the district's Teacher of the Year. "Those who can, teach," she said, "and those who can't, shouldn't."

Because of that mindset she initially ruled out teaching as a career, Stockwell said, but found herself drifting into it in her first job at a zoo.

And after years in the classroom, "I still love teaching," she said.

"You have to have passion," she told her peers. "It's hard to tune out a teacher who is passionate about what they are teaching."

Mario August 29, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Your second line tells me everything I need to know about you Linda. You had the option of sending your children to public schools, but chose to send them to parochial schools. To begrudge paying taxes so "OTHER people's children" can be educated is selfish and short-sighted. Shame on you!
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mario once again your MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT! Get back to me when you can take off those TUNNEL vision glasses!
Mario August 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Almost wish you were bitter and had moved out of Hamden. Have a nice night.
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Makes 2 of us Mario! Nighty Night
Ted B August 29, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I sent my kids to public schools but that was many years ago. Were it today, they would be going to Catholic schools. Not because I don't think the teachers are bad, but because of what I know goes on in the public schools as far as drugs and other things, and these are things that are never going to be totally controlled. It's just impossible. There's drugs in all public high schools -- in the most affluent districts, the problems are the worst. Then there's bullying, teen pregnancy and who knows what else. It's not possible for the schools to keep this stuff out. I don't blame them, but I wouldn't send my kids there either. So yea, I'd be paying tuition and taxes too.


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