Hear from Andre Foote about how where he teaches at Waterbury Public Schools is just as important as why he teaches.
Waterbury Public Schools has some of the best teachers and students in the world. Teaching here has opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities a teacher has to positively impact the life of a child.
As I consider why I teach, I find that all of my reasons for why are actually reasons for where. The desire, passion and ideals I have surrounding my job sadly do not stand true under all circumstances, but rather must be considered through the lens of where I teach.
Teaching music brings my students and I joy. I can’t think of anything better than being in a classroom filled with students laughing, singing, making music and playing games. When all is said and done, teaching is so much fun! I teach because my students need to see me. Being an African American and Hispanic male in a school whose population is made up of mostly African American and Latino students means something. It's important that my students not only see teachers who look like them, but that they receive the opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and challenged to pursue excellence (all jobs of a teacher) by someone who looks like and has similar shared experiences as them.
Because of where I teach, I see the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students in a way that I couldn’t do otherwise anywhere else. I see need and an opportunity to help. I see kids who just need an equal chance. I say all of this not because I pity my students, but because I see their potential and want to pull it out of them. They deserve nothing less. I have hope that my ideals, one day, might not need to be tied to bridging disparity gaps, providing equal opportunity and finding purpose in places of deep need. Unfortunately, for now, this statement is not true and it's because of this very fact that I choose to teach each and every day.
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The mission of Waterbury Public Schools is to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. All Waterbury Public Schools students will graduate ready to transform their world. We hold high expectations for excellence in teaching and in learning. We promote equity in policy, practice and resources. We provide students a quality learning experience by acting as stewards for community resources and by managing our assets to ensure equity and excellence. We recognize that meaningful relationships are the foundation of a high-quality education and are committed to embracing a diverse community, to civility, honesty, responsibility, and transparency.
Waterbury Public Schools is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse and highly qualified faculty to serve our students. Please enjoy this inspiring message from our Waterbury Public Schools teachers and administrators. Here they will discuss what makes teaching in Waterbury unique and fulfilling.
Waterbury's salary and benefits are competitive both locally and statewide. We are proud of the work our teachers do in our district and pay them accordingly for their talent and expertise. We invite you to explore the contract between the Waterbury Board of Education and the Waterbury Teachers' Association to gain more detailed information about our salary and benefits that we offer our teachers. https://www.waterbury.k12.ct.us/userfiles/2781/my%20files/wta-boe%20cba%20(2019-2023).pdf?id=562147
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