When I went to the High School from 2005-2009, the building was old and ugly, we didn’t have fancy facilities or state-of-the-art technology or a new turf field, but all the way through I knew that I was getting the best education I could get in the state of Rhode Island. I knew that my teachers were excellent. I knew that with their guidance, my future was completely unrestricted.
Even after eight years, I have vivid memories of my four years there:
I remember the Chemistry and Physics experiments that my teachers went out of their way to perform with us - what a spectacle! (They didn’t have to do that…but they did.)
I remember how supported I felt when teachers would expose me to the best literature, lend me their personal books, and offer extensive feedback on my writing. (They didn’t have to do that…but they did.)
They cheered at my sports games; after hours they supported events and performed in the Talent Shows; they dressed up for Halloween and stayed after school to coach and tutor and lead clubs. (They really didn’t have to….).
They threw their efforts into my education - they were mentors, role models, and unmatched advocates. I give East Greenwich High School teachers considerable credit for propelling me to where I am right now: in graduate school, preparing to be a teacher myself.
Teachers make a school. Teachers certainly make EG High School.
To the School Committee:
Do you want EG students to be proud of their public school education?
For goodness sake, do you ever want to beat Barrington?
I hope we realize our teachers are the best resource we’ve got - please treat them with the respect they deserve. Remember their care and their expertise. Remember their overtime. Treat them like the professionals they are.
They are not replaceable.
EGHS Class of 2009