Return Mrs. Simon to her position in the gifted program

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My name is Victoria Santos, and I'm a rising junior at Easton Area High School. I've started this petition in regards to Mrs. Simon, who has been a key figure in the EASD gifted program. During my time at Tracy Elementary years ago, I was lucky enough to enter the gifted program, and even luckier to be learning under Mrs. Simon as a result. However, Mrs. Simon is being moved to be a third grade teacher for upcoming years, a move that is both unfavorable to her and the students and teachers she’s worked with.

Mrs. Simon has dedicated her life’s work to Easton and its students for 11 years, taking on multiple schools—including Tracy, Cheston, Paxinosa, Palmer, Forks, and the middle school—and sometimes up to four of them all at once. While at the middle school, she worked to teach students about Pecha Kucha presentations, and did an Earth Day project that involved students performing research on pollution and creating awareness posters made entirely from recycled objects. At Forks, students created weather dioramas, wrote short stories that were published as part of an anthology, ran the Student Lighthouse Team, taught all students about haiku poetry (189 kids being published), made a pep rally video and PSSA pep rally video, and ran the Pennies for Patients program—raising over $2,500 for LLS. She was also the editor of Tracy’s school newspaper and ran the science fair, or STEAM Night now.

Even further, this year, Mrs. Simon honed in on a particular student’s interest in technology and arranged a Skype interview with Mark Dean, a renowned American computer scientist who worked for IBM and invented the color monitor and gigahertz chip. She’s also done 5-6 books with students from the program, and is currently illustrating and publishing another book for one of her students. She has received seven grants from the Foundation for Easton Schools, one being for a mural based on Leader in Me at Palmer and Kamishibai Theater. More recently, she received a PSAR grant to establish a Student Author Section in every elementary school library in the district.

These mark just a few of Mrs. Simon’s incredible achievements within the district. It is clear she has an overwhelming knowledge, drive, and passion for and of the gifted program. While there is no doubt that Mrs. Simon would thrive with her students in any position, I believe it is of the utmost importance that she continue her crucial role in the gifted program. She is specialized in this area, and she’s garnered irreplaceable experience that should not be pushed aside so soon, especially considering her sustained passion for nurturing gifted students. Teachers with great love and great accomplishment for where they are, what they do, and who they’re with should be able to remain in such positions for the sake and achievement of all involved; this is no different for Mrs. Simon.

If you know Mrs. Simon, have ever had her as a teacher, or have ever had your son or daughter learn under her, please consider signing this petition. She has put her whole heart into the gifted program, and based off of her record, it only makes sense that she be allowed to do so for many years, and many generations, to come.

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