[r76] Educators elicit excellence (6/1/2011)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Start Date: 6/1/2011 All Day
End Date: 6/1/2011

As the 2010-2011 school year approaches its end, I would like to commend our teachers and students who worked hard to make it a success. 

The teachers in our community worked diligently throughout the year to instill life lessons and inspire belief in potential upon our youth that will endure. We are fortunate to have so many caring teachers fill our classrooms.

Our teachers are self sacrificing and devoted to providing a first class education to our youth.  We would not have the community we do without their dedication. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2011, you have made your community and families proud.   This is a big milestone in your life and an accomplishment you worked hard for and I hope you enjoy it and the next chapter in your life.

As you embark upon the next phase of your life, I urge you to remember what your teachers and parents have taught you.  Stay true to yourself and never compromise your integrity.  Your teachers and parents have worked hard to guide you and I hope you will reflect upon their lessons throughout your adult life.

Our teachers show up each and every day ready to meet the varying needs of students with many of those days bringing challenges. In spite of obstacles, educators serve our children with patience and encouragement. House Republicans and I thank you for your dedication to Hoosier youth. 

I know that you are the foundation to our education system and that behind every great student is a great teacher.   We are fortunate in our community to have some of the hardest working and most dedicated teachers in the state. 

Earlier this year educators in the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon announced that they would be taking a pay cut in effort to alleviate pain caused by a drop in funding.

The teachers of the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon showed selflessness by taking a pay decrease in order to build a better school district for their community. I was not at all surprised by their actions though; they have always been a close knit community who puts students' needs first.   

The educators in MSDMV are an inspiration to the rest of the state.  I am reminded of a quote by John Wooden that is appropriate for the actions of MSDMV.  "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." MSDMV has expanded opportunities for all children by instituting full day kindergarten for this fall as well as being innovative in developing a Fine Arts Academy. 

Our schools are filled with individuals who teach our children what it means to be a leader and what is means to put others before yourself.

Last week, State Representative Mark Messmer and I recognized a true leader and a Hoosier hero.  Mount Vernon High School Football Coach Paul Maier was honored with a resolution at a ceremony on Friday for his dedication to the intention and spirit of the game. 

A player from Jasper High School, Zach Beckman, has Down Syndrome and his dream was to score a touchdown.  Paul Maier made his dream come true by allowing him to get the ball and score a touchdown.

Paul is a true leader and an inspiration to us all.  Our schools are filled with many like him, those who never lose sight of the big picture and always play and act with the correct spirit and intention and put others before themselves.  

Good luck to the Class of 2011.  I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors and many thanks to the teachers who guided them on this journey, for it would not have been possible without you.