Don’t Drop Donnelly: Renew the teaching contract for Mrs. Donnelly in Mt Holly NJ

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Mrs. Donnelly is a tremendous asset to our school district. She gives limitlessly and selflessly to these kids each and every day. It is evident that she truly enjoys what she does, deeply and whole heartedly. I appreciate all that she does for our children.  I am thankful my children were able to experience her knowledge, kindness and compassion. I am extremely saddened to think that other Mount Holly students may not have this same opportunity.

What we heard at the Board of Education meeting last night was more than just a good subject matter teacher. She is a mentor, role model, coach, leader, a soft place to land, an inspiration, an encouraging figure in a world full of doubt and fear. She connects with these kids on a completely different level than most teachers.  

A very brave group of students approached the Board and each opened up and poured their souls out about their own stories and vulnerabilities and how Mrs. Donnelly has made such a profound and positive impact in their lives.  Below are abbreviated samples of their testimonies;

When I was bullied, she made me feel ok....
When I was alone, she made me feel better....
When I was down, she picked me up....
When my family wasn’t there for me, she was...
When I didn’t feel good enough, she said I was perfect just the way I am...
When I had anxiety/depression, she helped me through it...
When I felt stupid, she said I can do this....
When I was sad, she made me smile...
When I felt discouraged, she reassured me....
When I did well, she congratulated me...

 This is a teacher who is truly connected and invested in our children and their future.    We must do all that we can to make sure we keep such an asset here within our district, for our kids and for our community.

 

If the administration continues with the decision to not ask her back, they are making a huge mistake. This would be a tremendous loss to our district, our town and most of all our kids. We need to fight to keep teachers like Mrs. Donnelly in our schools.

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