Sound Off: Teachers go above and beyond

By Jamie Sanders

A big smile emerges on my son’s face as he tells me, “Mom, school is almost over, and I’m a sixth grader soon. I’m a pre-teen.” Although he is only 11 and a ways from being a teen, he is so excited and so filled with excitement. I feel very happy for him, and I smile along with him, giving him encouraging words and talking with him about going to middle school. Although, inside me, unnoticed, are tears flowing around and a sadness as I realize my youngest out of three sons is growing up and is no longer in elementary school. My, how time seems to fly so quickly!

I am also sad over the fact that that my son, Cody Sanders, will be leaving behind a wonderful school and some remarkable teachers. Cody has attended Broad View Elementary from kindergarten through fifth grade. He was in loop classes the entire time there and what an excellent thing looping is. Looping is when a child has the same teacher for two years; the teacher moves up with them to the next grade.

A teacher once touched my other son Kyle’s life when he was in elementary, Ms. Brown from Olympic View Elementary during fifth grade. She was a blessing, an exceptionally great person and a very caring teacher. Outside of her, I have never experienced such caring, nurturing and giving teachers as I have with the teachers that have taught Cody. Cody has been blessed to experience his entire elementary years with such positive and such outstanding teachers that go way beyond their job. Teachers who sincerely care and who have touched my life as well as Cody’s; teachers who have helped shape and mold my son into the special person he is today.

I would like to take this time to say “thank you very much” to Ms. Aspery, who was Cody’s kindergarten and first grade teacher; also Ms. Hagel and Ms. VanDam, who were Cody’s second and third grade teachers; and Ms. Brown, who was Cody’s fourth and currently his fifth grade teacher.

Words cannot speak enough for all that you are and all that you have given and done for our children. You four teachers have truly been angels in my life and in Cody’s. You take the time to get to know the children, to help them progress, to wipe their tears and to help them solve their problems. You take the time to show your heart and care for our children.

Just like any job, there are people who sincerely love their job and go above and beyond, and then there are people who are merely there for a paycheck. You have definitely gone way, far above and beyond. I wish Cody could take you on to middle school, but then other children wouldn’t get the chance for you to bless and tough their lives they way you have with so many.

As Cody moves on to North Whidbey Middle School, I can only hope there are other teachers who will give and care as you have, and who will continue to touch our children’s lives and be there for them when they need it.

I once again would like to say thank you for all that you give and all that you are. I cannot tell you enough, thank you and I appreciate having exceptional teachers involved with my son in his path of life. I also thank Broad View Elementary for being such a wonderful school and for the wonderful experiences you have given my son Cody Sanders and myself. I feel very blessed and comfortable with my son moving on to middle school.

Thank you Ms. Aspery, Ms. Hagel, Ms. VanDam, Ms. Brown and Broad View Elementary.

Jamie Sanders lives in Oak Harbor.

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