First, I wanted to thank you for your undaunted support of our public school system over the years. The coverage encompasses multitudinous events fervently depicted by a conscientious staff, edited from a pro-community perspective.
In particular, I wanted to express the joy I felt in appearing, in color, on the front page of Tuesday's edition. The exuberance was truly depicted, of me, a salesman, hawking education in the manner of discovery, posed through an egg-dropping competition. However, as with many great endeavors, what fails to be disclosed is the underlying auspices entailed from a supportive work environment.
You see the plane was actually designed and built by my fellow fifth-grade teacher, Treavor Creighton. In fact the whole idea of an egg drop event precedes my employ as it was brought to bear by this same creative force.
It is true, I love to jump on and promote a good learning tool, the genius, as often is the case, lies in some less acknowledged hero. Mr. Creighton should also be credited for bringing to light a self-made (as opposed to kit assemblage) model rocket program we annually explore, not to mention things like CO2 cars. He has helped guide me into the workings of education through methods I could only have hoped to experience when I was a child.
The whole staff at JRE or for that matter (the entire school district), can only build on the inspirations brought to fruition as a group. We build on what a parent initiates, sometimes having to add more foundation than we're comfortable doing. We further develop only on what our peers instill. If, in this difficult economic environment, you hear us moan or contrive for more, it is simply our frustration at our inability to do much to change the dependence we have in the profits of others.
Thanks again for providing a format for us to share our endeavors.
Alan Ammann, Fifth-grade "salesman" Julia Randall Elementary School