Convention Turnout Demonstrates District's Dedication To Science

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Thank you for the fine article about the National Science Teachers Association regional convention in Phoenix, entitled, "Science Guy says lack of money, attention for science unacceptable," in the Payson Roundup Dec. 12. I especially appreciate your mention of my attendance as well as Donna Haught's participation.

National and State Science Teachers Associations are the single best source of professional development for those who teach science at any level. The speakers, workshops and exhibits bring together in one place tremendous opportunities for growth, new ideas, content updating, and a chance to see programs and products that enhance our teaching.

I find that NSTA has helped me improve personally as a science teacher, and welcome every opportunity to attend a convention.

What the article failed to mention was that actually a total of 15 teachers and one administrator from Payson were in attendance. What a great commitment from the school district.

I believe this underscores the district's support of our strong science program and its desire to provide both the money and attention needed for excellence in science.

Roger and Sally Rohrback and Roy Sandoval attended to celebrate Roger's Teacher of the Year Award. High school teachers Pete Greer, Jan Shafer, Linda Gibson, and Roger Wholly participated. Also attending were Jeananne Greer and Leslie Reisdorf from Julia Randall Elementary, and Donna Haught from Frontier Elementary. The Middle School sent its entire science staff; Halli Kinnick, Ross Carpenter, Joe Schmidt, Diana Fletcher, Linda Cheney and myself.

I am proud to be associated with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of science teachers and grateful for the district's support of our attendance.

Gloria Joe, Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade science teacher

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