As with many occupations, there are those who live it and live to make it better. Came across this 2002 story about then teacher Kim MacDonald. Portrait of teacher dedication, as follows:
Passion and urgency greet funding panel
Toronto Star, September 10, 2002: A4
After three days of cleaning and disinfecting her kindergarten classroom in August, Kim MacDonald was fed up with the cutbacks at Carleton Heights Public School.
In disgust, the teacher took her story to the Ontario Education Equality Task Force yesterday.
Because of custodial cuts, her school was closed until August 19, and no cleaning had been done, when MacDonald began preparing for class.
“When you consider the number of students with severe allergies in our schools, this level of service is far from adequate,” she told the task force, as it began 10 days of public hearings across the province.
She also explained how, because of cuts to the number of teaching assistants, she is now alone in making sure her class of about 30 students dresses warmly for the Ottawa winters, gets to the bathroom, and experiences the nurturing young children need.
“How can one person ensure the safety and emotional well-being of that many children?” she asked.
MacDonald added she spends $2,500 to $3,000 a year out of her own pocket to make sure every child has the materials to participate in activities and field trips school funding no longer covers.
Task Force chair Mordechai Rozanski thanked Macdonald for her presentation–and her passion. It was the kind of response he had expected from the front lines of education…
MacDonald later became the vice-principal of Carleton Heights Public School.