I am proud to call myself a retired teacher after a combined 52 years of service in Texas public and private schools. I’ve worked as a public school teacher and administrator for 35 years, 23 of those years right here at MISD. I have been fortunate to serve in the district for two decades with unprecedented accomplishments. The 1980s and 1990s are often referred to as the “golden years” for the district. I assume that we can be so successful again. As headmaster, I was happy to give credit to the class teachers who made this possible. They were on the front lines and were the ones who found a way to reach every student. I am an uncompromising teacher advocate.
Unfortunately, efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest into the ranks of the teaching profession, both in our community and across Texas, are neutral. The reasons are varied and complex, but being able to earn a living wage for good work is a “big rock” in this challenge. Intellectually gifted students with the money and tenacity to earn a college degree have a choice. Gone are the days when young women entered the workforce to supplement their husband’s salary. This generation is competitive and wants reassurance that they will be paid fairly, both while they work and after they retire. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep that promise in Texas.