MMSD Retirees — A Season of Thanks

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is a link to the list of MMSD teachers, administrators and staff who will be retiring at the end of the year. Take a look and see if maybe your child’s favorite elementary school teacher — or perhaps your own favorite secretary — might be there. If so, consider taking a moment to send them a note of thanks.

http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/today/880.htm

As the 2007-2008 school year winds down, it is the season for saying “thank you.” “Thank you” to all of the teachers and other District staff to whom we feel genuinely and deeply grateful. Does your school host a “teacher appreciation” event? If so, make sure your family participates. Or consider making a contribution to your school’s PTO — especially if there is a special fund for classroom teacher support — or one to your own teacher’s classroom supply fund. (We all know teachers purchase classroom supplies with their own money.) Or just take the time to write a note of thanks, perhaps encouraging your child to do the same. We have found that it feels good to end the year on a note of gratitude.
Whatever else I may say about the Madison school district and particular MMSD administrators, I also think we are blessed to have some absolutely incredible teachers in our schools. Our hats are off to each and every one of them.

  • Lucy Mathiak

    I would like to add gratitude for people like Laurie Frost and Jeff Henriques, who have been unstinting in their advocacy for Talented & Gifted/advanced curricular programs for more than a decade. The work is hard, discouraging, and frustrating. The setbacks have been many, and the rewards few and far between. Nonetheless, Laurie and Jeff have been generous with their time, commitment, and support for children, families, and schools. Thank YOU!

  • Laurie Frost

    Thank you, Lucy. Thank you very, very much for your kind words. I’d say it’s mostly been our pleasure to be of service to the community (and to the kids), though it has also been, as you suggest, hard, discouraging and frustrating. One of the absolutely sweetest rewards has been all of the people we have gotten to know over the years, and from all parts of the District.

  • david Cohen

    And thank you, Lucy, and the rest of the MMSD BoE, for passing and updated Equity Policy- as well as keeping Equity issues in mind as you do your civic duty.

  • Genie Ogden

    Thank you to Barb Bickford. She was my daughter’s teacher at MMS 2000 (later Wright MS) and my daughter learned a lot from her.
    And thank you to Laurie for posting this. It’s important to know who has been working so hard teaching and taking care of our kids and their schools. There are so many negative comments about the schools. But those of us with kids there know how hard people work and we appreciate everything they do. Good luck to all of them in their retirement. And thanks.
    And thanks to Jeff and Laurie for all your hard work.