During last Wednesday morning’s teacher convocation, Superintendent Kevin Smith asked staff members to raise their hands if they had spent any part of their summer engaged in curriculum-related work. I’d say about 70% of attendees raised their hands. He then asked how many people had spent part of their summer becoming “Google-certified.” This time about 40% of the audience’s hands went up.
I found these results to be stunning. Stunning, but not surprising. For the most part, teachers are not paid for work performed over the summer. So these teachers — your children’s teachers — took the initiative on their own time to plan for the coming year, and to take steps necessary to make themselves better educators. This is what sets our Wilton teachers apart. A group of individuals who are willing to go above and beyond to ensure the absolute best education for their students. I say this often, but I believe our district is truly blessed to have our children taught by this corps of amazing individuals.