Never Too Young

If you haven’t been keeping up with North Carolina news, teachers here are currently the 45th best (or 5th worst) paid teachers in the nation. The young lady who wrote the email below, Ms. Kiara Thorpe, was so moved by the unsung (and underappreciated) efforts of her teachers that she wrote this email to the chairman of the State Board of Education. I’m sure Kiara has been told time and time again that she is too young for any given number of things she aspired to. But, at this point in life, she realized that she is able to inspire change. And, thus, she inspired me to share that change with you. Check it out and know that, young or old, you too can influence positive change.

From: Kiara Thorpe
Date: May 30, 2014 at 4:46:56 AM EDT
To: william.cobey@dpi.nc.gov
Cc: William Logan , Holly Jordan
Subject: 4 AM Thoughts

Hi, Mr. William Cobey. My name is Kiara Thorpe and I attend Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. The reason I’m up this morning is to complete all of my assignments before finals/exams begin. While working, I began to think about all of the work that my teacher’s have to grade (especially around this time of year). Perhaps, some of my teachers are awake now, grading, imputing new information into Powerschool or other student grade databases, or even creating final exam materials. Excruciating work like this, long hours, and commitment to the school and students should not go unnoticed. Teachers deserve more. Because I am an aspiring English teacher, I’m considering moving out of North Carolina just so I can be valued as a teacher. In fact, many of my teachers are doing this NOW. This is all about teaching salary. What does it take to see that North Carolina is falling behind? With inconsistency comes failure. This is a students perspective. We aren’t blind to what is happening in the world around us. As the Chairman of the Board of Education, I wanted to contact the head of what could be “the change”. Thank you for hearing out a 11th grader’s 4am thoughts on North Carolina’s educational system.

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” – Claire Fagin

Because I have this knowledge, it will not go to waste.

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