By Gus Teller and Beth Levinson
Every morning as we walk into the classroom at Blacksburg Middle School, we feel blessed to have the chance to help shape the lives of our students. We see hope and curiosity intermingled with the personal challenges that each child faces both within and outside the classroom. We understand the importance of each student as a special human being.
Regrettably, teachers and parents have been largely excluded from conversations regarding the future of our students. Rapid decisions about sweeping changes that will impact the education of middle school students in Montgomery County for years to come must be addressed by all stakeholders.
Teller and Levinson are 8th grade social studies teachers at Blacksburg Middle School. Both live in Blacksburg.