Teachers Do More Than Educate Our Students, They Deserve To Be Paid More, Starting NOW

Teachers Do More Than Educate Our Students, They Deserve To Be Paid More, Starting NOW

To my teachers...Thank you.

Teachers. The team of people crucial to our educational growth. The people who get up every day to make sure that we are learning each and every day and putting our best foot forward in whatever we choose to pursue. Since kindergarten, I can remember some profound and absolutely amazing teachers who have had such a huge impact on my life, whether they know it or not.

From all departments, such as music, world language, chemistry, biology, etc. I have had the privilege of studying from some of the most hardworking and selfless people I know, and without a doubt I believe that they deserve to be paid more for the amount of work and guidance they put in every day to make sure that each of their students is getting the best education they can get.

These are the teachers who have made me want to come to class every day, who made me realize my passion for singing and the sciences, for speaking multiple languages and for writing to my heart's content.

The teachers who I have personally seen inside of a Staples or a Target, personally spending money to decorate the classroom or provide supplies to their students. The teachers who have made me want to become both a doctor and a teacher myself, inspiring me to hopefully one day be able to work in a teaching hospital so I can fulfill both of my dreams at once.

The teachers who never once stopped believing that each of us has the potential to become who we want to become, who set us on the right path to keep working hard and with passion and strive to become the best version of ourselves.

I owe so much to these teachers and appreciate everything they have done.

They may not even know they are making such a huge impact in our lives, but I want to let them know that they have and they are.

It breaks my heart to see that the teaching profession is such an undervalued one when in reality, it is the exact opposite of that. Shaping the next generation of writers, musicians, physicians, lawyers, engineers, artists, teachers, etc.. is such an important job, and it is our duty as a society to make sure that teachers are earning more for all of their hard work and dedication to improving our educational system on a daily basis.

So what can we do to make sure that our teachers are being better paid? Well, we can start by writing letters to our state and national government and our board of education to raise more awareness of the issue. Changing educational models while still staying in the budget may allow for greater pay for our teachers.

Teachers do more than just teach our students. They are often the same people who help students outside of the classroom, whether it be with athletics, extracurriculars, or even serving as counselors and people that students feel comfortable to talk to if having a conflict. We need to do everything we can to make sure that teachers are getting paid what they truly deserve.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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