I think Wednesday Journal got it wrong last week when they dismissed Steve Gevinson as a candidate for the OPRFHS school board.
As a former 5th grade teacher, I cringe whenever it's insinuated that administrators know more about the educational needs of students than their classroom teachers. Any quality educator will tell you that the best administrators are the ones who empower teachers to reach their students in meaningful ways.
As a parent of a second and fifth grader at Longfellow school, I know that this perspective pales in comparison to the real world insight that my children's classroom teachers acquire every school day.
So the Journal would have us believe that a "career educator who spent decades in vital posts at OPRF," an educator who's had two children graduate from OPRF and another who's currently a junior, a teacher who's consistently praised by his former students, a professional who currently teaches at two of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country—that this is someone who would sacrifice the purported recent progress at OPRF because he has too high a regard for educators? Are we talking about the same person?
And he'll do this at the expense of furthering the education of our students and the future success of our high school? Does that make sense? It doesn't. That's why I hope this village comes out and supports passionate educators like Steve Gevinson by electing him to the OPRFHS board next week.
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