'Amazing teachers' up for Dwyer Award...

'Amazing teachers' up for Dwyer Awards on Monday

There are 7 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 19, 2008, titled 'Amazing teachers' up for Dwyer Awards on Monday. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

In 2001, Ernesto Lontoc traded his home and a successful teaching career in the Philippines to gain valuable experience in an American classroom.

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Bill Neubauer

West Palm Beach, FL

#1 Apr 20, 2008
I'm sure that a $3,000 bonus for being an outstanding teacher will be a welcome reward--or even the $500 for finalists.
But it is interesting--perhaps frightening--to look at the broader picture. Teachers (even the briefly rewarded ones) are still paid on a one-size-fits-all "scale," based primarily on years in the classroom, whether those years were productive for the students or just a matter of showing up and pointing to a page in the textbook.
For quality education to be properly appreciated and rewarded, teacher pay should be based on MERIT only.
Union detractors complain that it is impossible to distinguish merit. The Dwyer awards prove that merit in the classroom can be spotted. It should be rewarded commensurately instead of having the meritorious teachers paid the same as the delinquents.
MikeyMike

West Palm Beach, FL

#2 Apr 20, 2008
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Lontoc and mentoring him as he started his first year at BBCHS. I am proud of his accomplishments. I wish that readers could focus on the POSITIVE things that teachers accomplish and NOT fall back on criticizing the "system" or the teachers themselves.

As a Dwyer Recipient myself, I look forward to seeing Ernesto tomorrow and wish him all the luck in the world! Win or not, he is a success!
Yeah

AOL

#3 Apr 20, 2008
Go Mr. Lontoc!!!

I too worked with him. He is dedicated and thinks outside of the box. One day he was teaching his students about carbon dioxide disbursement to the environment using the emission of his vehicle. Relevant stuff in a rigorous world.
What a joy to see one reach his students.

Keep on Teaching Mr. Lontoc.
a teacher

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Apr 20, 2008
the dwyer award, although a good idea in theory has its flaws. at some schools i have worked at popularity chooses the nominee. i know plenty of excellent teachers who have not been considered despite the fact that they are excellent teachers who are adored by their students.
crisyongco

UAE

#5 Apr 20, 2008
"ang galing mo kabayan youre the best" I'm also a teacher and i also know how you feel. As they say teaching is the lowest paid profession but highly rewarded one.Congratulations you made Filipino proud again despite of those negative accusations againts us from other places and raises.MABUHAY KA!
Lol

Sarasota, FL

#6 Apr 3, 2013
Asian -_-
Awesome

United States

#7 Apr 3, 2013
What a great accomplishment!

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