Bring Sharon Duffy Back To Olympia High School & Middle School

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David Fuller
7 years ago
Mrs.Duffy was the best teacher I ever had. Not only was she a great teacher, but a great friend. She was the person I would trust and talk to about my terrible home life. Mrs. Duffy if you ever read this, what you taught me has stuck with me. Even though I didnt pursue ASL as a career, I use it daily because I enjoy it so much. I always think.about going backbto school to pursue it, and I have great appreciation and respect for the deaf. Your class was the only class I actually looked forward to going to. You have helped me get through hard times. I know you will get through this.

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Michelle Haines
7 years ago
She did not deserve to be treated this way.

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Anne Budd
7 years ago
Its the natural language equal with all Foregin language, need to know for the communication access...

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Donald Petroske
7 years ago
"How was she a teacher who had an impact on your life? What did she do to make you want to support her at this time?"
Here's my question; how much time do you have?
Mrs. Duffy is more than I could ever sum up into one facebook post.
She is more than I could ever express in a, "quick statement."
She is more than I could ever express using any language, spoken or signed.
And that is the exact reason we feel the way that we do.
There are some things in life that simply cannot be matched to the definition of a word. And while words are powerful, as we unfortunately witnessed in this incident, they do not wield the power to accurately express what Mrs. Duffy has meant to all of us, and to me.
While she, as many teachers have, given us invaluable tangible lessons and knowledge, she also instilled within us a lifelong sense of friendship, kindness, compassion, and patience. She literally was the picture of patience with all of her students.
I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Duffy and being her student for the past 5 years, directing all the ASL shows every year with her, and getting to know the incredible students behind her. I helped in every class I could, and in every class Mrs. Duffy always proved to be the role model I always considered her to be.
She gave me tools that I would use to be accepted into one of the most prestigious ASL Interpreting Programs in the world, and that was based solely on the ASL she taught me. I do not believe that I would've been accepted without ALL the knowledge she gave me, not just only what this malicious parent would find, "Acceptable."
However, I am not here to point fingers, or start a riot. I would only like to express how I feel about this amazing person who has touched all of our lives in a most moving way. Until now, I had not known of a single person who harbored such animosity towards her, and you know what? I hope I never meet another.
To hate Mrs. Duffy would literally be to hate the very core of what a teacher should be. No... that would be to hate what a good person would be. She embodies the values that we all should idealize in a human being. Even if you never took her class, you instantly recognized the familiar, true kindness that was her aura.
Nothing brings me more pride than to proudly lead the ASL Students in their last endeavor, the ASL Play, in tribute to the greatest person we've ever known at Greece Olympia.

And while it pains me to say I don't feel we could do anything to restore her to her original reputation due to the sheer ignorance of the public around us, I will say I am most happy and proud to share all the things that made Duffy her, and how she tried to give her all into each and every student that walked through her doors.

It's a shame we're losing her, and I know many students will now feel a sense of, "homelessness" walking the halls, both due to a lack of a, "safe classroom" to be in, and the uniting force the ASL program has always proved itself to be. It's too bad that we now criticize what we used to encourage in our teachers.

While Mrs. Duffy has been taken away from us, I refuse to let anyone take away our chance to show the community exactly what she was. She was so, so much more than a word on a smartboard. I just hope more people care to know that.

I'm sorry I couldn't sum this up into one, "quick statement" but to say any less would be an absolute injustice to her.

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Eddie Swayze
7 years ago
I'm appalled. Why is such a tiny mistake be so punitive? This is a freedom of speech and this teacher cannot be removed just for a word or a language. It's not constitutional at all. For this 21st Century era, the world has changed a lot. High school students are not little kids and they are on the way to adulthood. So, please, use your common sense and get this resolved in a rational way. I met Sharon Duffy in an ASL class for my ASL poetry performance workshop or presentation a few years ago. I saw how great she was and her deep involvement with the students. Her ASL theatrical productions and ASL slam show were wonderful. Why get rid of those wonderful activities that only enhance the students' sense of purpose and well-being? Therefore, the students need teachers like Sharon for educational learning and human growth that would enable them to live for the better in such a hard world. Please reconsider and not remove her.

Thank you.
Eddie Swayze (ASL poet/performing artist)

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Mister Schwartz
7 years ago
Taught me everything I know, please support my superior.

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Matthew Jay
7 years ago
Sharon Duffy is the best Mentor I ever had. She is the reason why I am such an Amazing ASL teacher today!!!!

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Sean Harnett
7 years ago
It is criminal that a career can be ended by one out of context photograph.

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Virginia Hall
7 years ago
It's great if a language teacher can make the language come alive. Why did that student have a cell phone on in during class? Isn't that prohibited? If my daughter had been in this class, I would not have had any problem with this lesson.

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Paul Firlit
7 years ago
I think that this photo was taken out of context and invades the privacy of the classroom. These were 11th and 12th graders in that class. They suggested the words. Who knows what happened afterwards...Maybe the teacher told the class that the disputed word was inappropriate... let he who is without sin throw the first stone....