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Share appreciation with all teachers

Dear Editor:It is that time of year again when a small group of teachers in the Aspen School District receive the $10,000 Merit (Best Teacher) Awards given generously by Dick Butera. I always feel a mix of emotions. On the one hand, I am thrilled for the recipients, but sad for the equally qualified teachers who did not receive the award.The community’s emphasis on the importance of this award and the enormous monetary value of the award put self imposed stress and anxiety on most teachers. It is unfortunate because at this time of year every teacher is busy working on committees, attending meetings and last minute conferences, finalizing educational courses, working hours on class placements for next year, evaluating students’ progress, planning for end of year projects, plays, parties, outdoor ed trips and productions. They spend hours on assessments, report cards and state mandated inventories. The enormous pressure during these final weeks causes emotions to run high while trying to wrap up a school year and say goodbye to students and families.We have excellent teachers and administrators in the Aspen School District, all of whom deserve this award at one time or another. It is not possible to reward all teachers with this type of award. Therefore, take the time to thank your children’s teachers before the kids leave for summer vacation. Show your appreciation for their dedication to your children. They truly deserve this recognition!Jane GraberRetired Aspen Elementary School teacherWoody Creek


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