Teacher of the Year Says Teachers Are Often Misunderstood

The Washington Post recently published an article by 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair in which she explains why teachers are more deserving of respect than many people think. Lamb-Sinclair describes her experience being honored alongside the other states’ Teachers of the Year at the College Football Playoffs National Championship Game earlier this month and relates it to other teachers’ struggles.

 "There are teachers in public schools in every state giving their best to students and advocating for our profession." - Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

"There are teachers in public schools in every state giving their best to students and advocating for our profession." - Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Lamb-Sinclair relates her conversation with an Uber driver who was impressed by her Teacher of the Year status but thought most teachers were “just terrible.” This got her thinking about the experiences of most of the teachers that weren’t being recognized that day – working extremely hard and still getting blamed for all the problems in education. She gives examples of teachers who are constantly advocating for their schools and students, and explains that the average teacher spends $500 – 1,000 of their own money each year on school supplies.

At Elevate Teachers, we couldn’t agree more. Most teachers are hardworking and committed to their students, and they get unfairly blamed for problems they didn’t cause. We hope to continue to hear people taking part in the dialogue and advocating for more respect for our teachers!

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