THIS community cannot be faulted for neglecting the education of its children. Through the decades, leaders in both the public and private sectors have adopted education as their primary objective in the betterment of the community.
Tens of millions of dollars have been spent on providing facilities that produce an environment conducive to learning. Forward-thinking programs have been put into place to adjust to ever-changing social patterns and demands.
In some respects, all sectors of community life have come together in the fashion of a village to develop and maintain programs that stress the critical value of education and seek to keep young people in school.
Innovative and important though these developments might be, the key element in any successful educational program remains unchanged. Schools and the students who attend them still rely on good teachers.
Fortunately, this community has a number of those assets as well. Earlier this year, two of them received well-deserved honors from others in their profession.
Karen Nading, a 34-year veteran in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., all of them at Columbus East High School, was recognized as the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Larry Tews, a fifth-grade teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, was recognized as Teacher of the Year among all Lutheran schools in Indiana.
This recognition by their peers certainly speaks to the esteem in which they are held.
The bottom line in judgment, however, rests with the students who receive the benefit of their commitment to education.
That commitment can be measured in part through a description of Nading by her principal, Mark Newell:
“To her, it’s all about the kids.”
Tews and Nading are only two of the quality teachers in this community. There are many more, some of whom have received similar honors from outside
In the end, however, the real judgment is measured by the success of their