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Article posted: 2/14/2013 5:00 AM

Important to salute valuable teachers

I am a parent of three students at Ridge Circle Elementary school. With continued financial hardships and the struggle of administrators to turn around a broken school system ... it is a matter of urgency that educators receive recognition for their dedication to help reach "Academic Success for All".

Mrs. Erin Conroy-Hargadon: She was the kindergarten teacher for all my children. Mrs. Hargadon instilled the true value of education in my children and others for many years.

Ms. Amy McFarland: Essential continuity of motivation was expertly provided by Ms. McFarland in my son's transition from kindergarten to first grade, providing him the extra assistance to continue the motivation and eagerness in learning.

Mrs. Charlotte Janura: In one short year, she fostered the development of inquiry skills in my two oldest children to understand and question science and technology from the "how stuff works" perspective.

Ms. Lindsay Ross: My daughter's fourth grade teacher nurtured self-motivation, and created an environment where she became comfortable with facts and figures. Her teaching style helps students overcome their fear of math and develop reason and ethics.

Mrs. Cynthia Costa: For years she has helped kids write clear, coherent essays, exhibiting awareness of audience and purpose which are skills that even many adults haven't mastered. This teacher's encouragement of my daughter who once "hated" Social Studies to open her mind and embrace learning about diversity in cultures is inspiring.

Mrs. Lori McNally: Credit for the effective management of the one the few after-school activities, "Battle of the Books" must go to Mrs. McNally. She convinced my daughter's team about the importance of positive attitude, teamwork and self-confidence.

I request other parents at Ridge Circle and U-46 voice their positive experiences with their children's educators and have them be recognized by their administrators and community as well to achieve "Academic Success of All."

Said Rahman

Streamwood

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