Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Jennifer Ford Ulmer... I am a special education teacher in Saskatchewan.

Jennifer Ford Ulmer... I am a special education teacher in Saskatchewan. I work with the most vulnerable children in our school. I take my job very seriously, I have spent long hours, weekends and evenings away from my own family to make these children have to best education that we can offer. I have had so many meetings I cannot even begin to count them. I have laughed and cried with the parents of some very special children that I work with. I believe I am doing one of the most important often emotionally difficult career out there. But, I must say that I do feel my profession is being under valued by our government. I feel heartache for schools when I see our day get longer, our classes get bigger, but our resources get smaller. We need more people! We need more teachers, more EA's, more resources. If I was entering a profession for the money I certainly wouldn't have chosen teaching, I entered this profession for the chance to make a difference, shape our society. I know many teachers feel this way. I'd like our government to value our contribution. Hear our concerns, visit our classrooms, see what schools are like in a society that is so very different than even ten years ago. For me it's not about money, it's about RESPECT!
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