Our family just completed our 14th year of elementary school with the Helena School District. Our children had three years at Ray Bjork and 11 years with Jefferson. I would like to take a moment to recognize the teachers, staff and administration at Jefferson Elementary and the former Ray Bjork Elementary schools for their efforts in creating an environment where my children felt challenged, loved, accepted and safe. To the custodial and lunch room staff, to the paraprofessionals, to the teachers (whether you were my children’s teachers or not), to the administration: thank you!
I have had the privilege of working as a substitute school nurse in almost all the elementary schools and feel that we are indeed lucky to live in an area with great public schools. Most of us in Helena would agree that our own children have the most creative and innovative teachers and that our own school is the “best in the district.” Maybe it is time to acknowledge that even if we don’t agree with everything or we don’t like all the teachers, these are good people working hard to help our children succeed in the world.