The other day I was flipping through TV channels and came across the Denver local channel’s 9News special “The Life of a Teacher.”
In this special report, education reporter, Nelson Garcia, follows the ever-demanding schedule of Justin Davis, a teacher at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado. I know that Justin is involved in more that this segment even shows. Like me, he’s a member of the Denver NMI, working on local and national policy issues. I was instantly intrigued with what “angle” the report was going to favor… More often than not, my perception is that the media seems to have teachers under scrutiny for not doing what they are supposed to, and the need to hold teachers accountable is a constant priority. So much so, that it makes me wonder whom are they trying to catch?
With that being said, I am happy to report that this special was a positive and accurate glimpse of the life of a teacher during the summer months. Garcia does a great job highlighting the many hats that a teacher wears in order to meet the needs of the community and his students. The special also accurately portrays the added responsibility teachers take on without additional compensation simply because it is the right thing to do. Davis, for example, volunteers as an administrator for an enrichment summer program. He states, “Though the classes are over, the work goes on. I am serving as a volunteer administrator,”
I was struck with how this report is a great and thorough example of one teacher giving it his all to provide his students with a great education. I wish we could balance the seemingly large number of stories about the problems in education with examples such as Garcia’s.
The viewer walks away from this special report with no doubt that Davis is a dynamic and effective teacher. The other interesting point to highlight is that this effectiveness is emphasized through the relationships he has with the students and school community…not test scores.