The Pendergast Governing Board passed the resolution below at the Board meeting on April 3, 2018. Additionally, the district recently showed their staff support by continuously focusing on healthy working environments, professional development and listening to our staff.
For far too long, we have forced our educators to listen to us and they are ready for us to listen to them. It is a myth that teachers work only nine months and have cushy jobs. Teaching requires not only advanced degrees and training, it is one of the most challenging professions but the one that creates all others.
The teacher shortage in America has hit epidemic proportions and will continue to get worse. We hear over and over that people do not want to enter a profession where they do not feel like they can make a living wage, are treated with respect, and have the constant challenges of high class sizes, extreme demands and lack of support. This must change.
I have encouraged staff and families to join me and wear Red for Ed. I, along with our supportive Governing Board will continue to bring attention to the plight of teachers across our state and stand up for them, but most importantly we will listen to them and their vital message. They are our hope and we fully support them and their mission to create a bright and promising future for our students.
- Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent