In the current climate of the State of New Jersey, teachers have been portrayed in a very negative light. However, I happen to be able to work and be part of a community that does not share that view, Atlantic Highlands.
In Atlantic Highlands, the community has a high expectation for our school and from our teachers. Over the year our community has supported our school and teachers. I have yet to meet a resident that likes to pay property tax. Recently, on First Avenue, I was a stopped by a resident who said that as long as the school continued to show value for her tax dollars and not waste any money, she will continue to support us.
This summer four teachers from the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School District applied, and were granted admission to the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Summer Institutions. This prestigious program gives teachers additional training to incorporate new strategies into daily lessons. The teachers are attending this training on their own time and receive no compensation from the school district.
Seastreak, a local business providing ferry service between Atlantic Highlands and New York, is supporting the teachers with greatly reduced fares. I am always proud of my teachers, but I am also proud of the community support we receive in Atlantic Highlands. On behalf of my teachers, I would like to thank Seastreak for their support.
Christopher J. Rooney
Atlantic Highlands Elementary School District