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Kenda Crews Letter.docx

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Kendra Crews Anti-Walkout Note to Fellow N.C. Educators
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I usually don't rant on Facebook or post political stuff, but this is very dear to my heart because it is a big part of my life and it is who I am. Plus, I have a right to my opinion, so like it or not, here it is. So tomorrow is "Walk-in" or "Walk-out" for Public Schools. Law makers and others are expecting a lot of teachers to "Walk-out" to show that they want to stand up for themselves and their rights, which includes pay raises, more rights, etc. But what these "people" don't understand is that most of us are choosing to "walk-in." We are aware that we don't get paid nearly enough for what we do and how many hours we work. We are aware that there are ignorant law makers out there making laws that "sound good" instead of making laws that will "do good" and benefit our children. We are aware that those same law makers have probably never stepped a foot inside the classroom, other than when they were in school. We are aware that if we don't stand up for ourselves, not too much will change. So why do we choose to "walk-in" tomorrow????? I can't speak for all the teachers, but I can speak for myself. This is why I choose to "walk-in." For one, I believe that teaching isn't a career, it is a calling. In order to be a teacher you first must be called to be a teacher or you will be ineffective. I don't mean that negatively, but just think that if someone became a preacher just because they wanted to, do you think that they would be very effective? No. In order to be an effective preacher and lead people to Christ, you have to first be called. I know when God formed me in my mother's womb, he placed the call to teach on my life. If he wouldn't have, I wouldn't be so happy at what I am doing. For two, when I decided to answer that call and become a teacher, I knew that they didn't get paid a lot, but obviously teachers don't go into this profession for the money. We receive a payment every day in the form of something other than money. We receive smiles, hugs, I love you's, and the look on a child's face when they finally get what you are teaching. We receive the things that money can't buy. We receive the things that these lawmakers and others will never get from their jobs. I would trade in my paycheck to be able to receive those things every day and to know that I have done everything humanly possible for my student's to achieve their educational goals. Not only do we teach, we are mother's and father's to those who lack and second mother's and father's to those whose parent's entrust us with their child's life and education. So what these lawmakers and others fail to understand is that in order for us to stand up for our rights, we have to take the rights away from our student's. If we "walk-out," we are taking a day of education and a day of love from our students. A day may not seem like much, but trust me, in the education world a day is a big thing! They never asked to be a part of this crazy world, but God saw it fit for them to be placed in it. So as an educator, it is my job to give them
 
what they deserve. They didn't ask to be in a battle between teachers and ignorant lawmakers, but they come to school every day expecting to be educated. So what kind of role model am I if I "walk-out" on the very ones who look up to me and who expect me to teach them? I would not be a role model at all. I want to be able to stand up for my own rights, but not at the cost of innocent children's rights. When I became a teacher, I knew that I would have to put the want and need of my student's before my wants and needs. That's why I end up spending more time on preparing stuff for them to have to learn with than I do on cleaning my house. That's also why I spend a lot of my earnings on things for my students to be able to learn with because these so called lawmakers sure aren't sending out checks to buy learning materials. So where else do they come from? I don't do it because I have to, I do it because I want to. I want to be able to go home at the end of the day knowing that I did my job to the best of my ability and that I met the needs of my students. Lawmakers probably won't ever understand that because they are too busy making laws for education that make no sense. If they came and sat in a classroom for ONE day and spent 24 hours with a teacher while she/he had to give up time with their own family and friends to prepare lessons for learning, I guarantee you teachers would be getting paid double by the next day. We work hard, but not for the money or for ourselves, We work hard for our students who depend on us to offer them the best education possible. My student's always ask me when I am going to have children and I always respond, "I don't need any right now, I have 32." They all giggle and say, "You know what we mean!" LOL. I pray for my student's daily and usually while I am at school. What? you say? Pray at school? Yes, these lovely lawmakers may have taken Jesus out of schools, but He goes in with my every day. When people ask me how I teach with barely no pay and with all these "children" these days, I respond, "I love them like Jesus." Because I know no other thing to do other than love them like the Father would. (I usually get weird looks, but that's ok... It's my life, not theirs.) So in honor of Public Schools, please wear Red tomorrow and go volunteer at your child's or someone's school to show that you support public schools and public school teachers. If you need a classroom to "walk-in" to, my door is open tomorrow. Come join us and show your support! (If you are unable to come all day, join us for however long you can stay.) P.S. This message was not to boast about myself, because anyone who truly knows me, knows that I am not like that. This was merely to show you why I choose to "walk-in" tomorrow and encourage you to do the same. (This was from a teacher's point of view about "Walk-in" or "Walk-out.")
Kendra Crews
 
3rd grade Reg. Ed./4th grade DI Teacher
 
East Iredell Elementary
 

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