Winona educator named Teacher of the ...

Winona educator named Teacher of the Year

There are 13 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 1, 2011, titled Winona educator named Teacher of the Year. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

An educator from Winona has been named the 2011 Teacher of the Year. She's Katy Smith, an Early Childhood Family Education teacher at Goodview School in the Winona district.

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Taxpayer of the Year

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 1, 2011
Every year the union releases a press release proclaiming how wonderful the members are. And the media automatically publish it. This is what needs to be reported - $12k/child/year costs. Nine month work year. Six hour work day. Defined-benefit retirement after thirty years. Automatic step and lane raises. Lifetime job security. Zero accountability for results.
independant

Stillwater, MN

#2 May 1, 2011
Taxpayer of the Year wrote:
Every year the union releases a press release proclaiming how wonderful the members are. And the media automatically publish it. This is what needs to be reported -$12k/child/year costs. Nine month work year. Six hour work day. Defined-benefit retirement after thirty years. Automatic step and lane raises. Lifetime job security. Zero accountability for results.
why would they print that it is not the truth? then again you might be right it doesn't always have to be the truth to print it.
sky pilot

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 1, 2011
I can not wait to hear how she motivates these youngsters to do their best. Early childhood hmmmmm, that means youngsters who have not enrolled in Kindergarten.
Proud MN Teacher

Rosemount, MN

#4 May 1, 2011
Taxpayer of the Year wrote:
Every year the union releases a press release proclaiming how wonderful the members are. And the media automatically publish it. This is what needs to be reported -$12k/child/year costs. Nine month work year. Six hour work day. Defined-benefit retirement after thirty years. Automatic step and lane raises. Lifetime job security. Zero accountability for results.
First of all you OBVIOUSLY don't know what teachers do and if you think it is sooooo easy why aren't you a teacher? People like you are so ignorant and I wonder what happened to you to make you hate teachers so much. Yes, I am a teacher and I work at least 10 hours a day and hours every weekends AND I work EVERY summer to prepare for the next school year. Does every teacher do that? No, but go after the principals who do not go after the bad teachers; don't punish the teachers who work their butt off to try and make a difference in kids lives. And by the way Minnesota has been near the TOP ACT SCORES in the country for years - if the teachers suck so bad in this state how is that possible?
Beavis

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 1, 2011
Proud MN Teacher wrote:
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First of all you OBVIOUSLY don't know what teachers do and if you think it is sooooo easy why aren't you a teacher? People like you are so ignorant and I wonder what happened to you to make you hate teachers so much. Yes, I am a teacher and I work at least 10 hours a day and hours every weekends AND I work EVERY summer to prepare for the next school year. Does every teacher do that? No, but go after the principals who do not go after the bad teachers; don't punish the teachers who work their butt off to try and make a difference in kids lives. And by the way Minnesota has been near the TOP ACT SCORES in the country for years - if the teachers suck so bad in this state how is that possible?
Exactly... but those ignorant anti-union thugs don't want to pay for education, so what's next. I'll tell you what: we will have an education system as poor as Mississippi. Our population will be a bunch of ignorant sheeple who won't question authority or have a clue that the government & industry is hosing them. Yup, sheeples is good...
Nancy

Minneapolis, MN

#6 May 1, 2011
Too bad her position will probably be eliminated because of lack of funding by the current Minnesota legislature.
Edward

Minneapolis, MN

#7 May 1, 2011
Beavis wrote:
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Exactly... but those ignorant anti-union thugs don't want to pay for education, so what's next. I'll tell you what: we will have an education system as poor as Mississippi. Our population will be a bunch of ignorant sheeple who won't question authority or have a clue that the government & industry is hosing them. Yup, sheeples is good...
But the Republicans need an uneducated population to stay in power, because only idiots will vote for them.
Lorraine

Minneapolis, MN

#8 May 1, 2011
Taxpayer of the Year wrote:
Every year the union releases a press release proclaiming how wonderful the members are. And the media automatically publish it. This is what needs to be reported -$12k/child/year costs. Nine month work year. Six hour work day. Defined-benefit retirement after thirty years. Automatic step and lane raises. Lifetime job security. Zero accountability for results.
Show me the statistics that prove we spend $12k per child you numbnuts. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, so you are obviously a Tea Party supporter. And we all know what's on the inside of a supporter.
Barry Soetoro

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 2, 2011
Proud MN Teacher wrote:
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First of all you OBVIOUSLY don't know what teachers do and if you think it is sooooo easy why aren't you a teacher? People like you are so ignorant and I wonder what happened to you to make you hate teachers so much. Yes, I am a teacher and I work at least 10 hours a day and hours every weekends AND I work EVERY summer to prepare for the next school year. Does every teacher do that? No, but go after the principals who do not go after the bad teachers; don't punish the teachers who work their butt off to try and make a difference in kids lives. And by the way Minnesota has been near the TOP ACT SCORES in the country for years - if the teachers suck so bad in this state how is that possible?
I hope you don't teach English composition.
Barry Soetoro

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 2, 2011
Nancy wrote:
Too bad her position will probably be eliminated because of lack of funding by the current Minnesota legislature.
Feel free to show that data.
mike

Winona, MN

#11 May 2, 2011
Congratulations Katy. You deserve the honor.

Since: Jul 08

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 2, 2011
Lorraine wrote:
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Show me the statistics that prove we spend $12k per child you numbnuts. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, so you are obviously a Tea Party supporter. And we all know what's on the inside of a supporter.
simple math , divide the budget by number of students, in mpls it is about 19k.
Zingbopper

Black River Falls, WI

#13 May 2, 2011
It seems cops and teachers always get patted on the back for simply doing their jobs, which is what my tax dollars pay them to do. But the common person who does their job excellently day after day all year long gets nothing." Oh, look at me, I wrote a speeding ticket. Yeah, and look at me, I taught a kid to count to 10." Get back to work.

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