LETTER: Teachers’ credo: ‘Every child deserves a chance to thrive’


To Ozaukee Press:

The theme of American Education Week, observed Nov. 9-13,  “Together for Safe, Just and Equitable Schools,” is a call to Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in today’s ever-changing world.

In the Port Washington-Saukville School District, we are doing just that for the students in our community. We value and celebrate a tradition where each student is educated to his or her greatest potential. We honor a legacy where character counts and the relationships we build with our students give them confidence in themselves and encourage them to stay curious.

Our educators are focused on the growth and achievement of our students.

Special education teacher Tyson Kuhrmeier at Dunwiddie Elementary School strives to be an empathetic voice for his students because he wants to help kids who struggle like he did growing up.

Port High business teacher Leeann Wellenstein says she teaches to prepare students for the real world. “I want my students to enjoy my content area as much as I do. I teach because I enjoy being around our students.”

Sandy Crain, social studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, says she teaches because “every child deserves a chance to thrive. A solid educational system with strong and caring teachers provides opportunities for our children to be the best they can be.”

In the Port Washington-Saukville School District, we are proud to encourage and motivate our students to be the best citizens they can be. We challenge them to reach their greatest potential, and we recognize how the students benefit from the support of their parents, as well as the community. Each staff member is here to provide an education for our community’s children, and we provide a very special place where students can express themselves and feel safe in doing so.

In the spirit of Education Week, we encourage families in the school district to consider sending an email or thank you letter, or making a phone call, to the teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff who have been influential in the growth and achievement of their children. Let’s continue to honor the tradition of quality public education and schools in our communities.

Meg Jacoby


Port Washington-Saukville School District


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