Trio Of Inspiration

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
One of the greatest benefits of coaching marathoners is witnessing their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.  One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Here is a small group (trio) of teachers that personify that commitment!
Inspiration.  As high school math teachers, we try everyday to inspire our students to value education and maybe even to enjoy math.  We are up every morning at 5am, at school before 7; we plan lessons, grade papers, help students, teach classes and when the dismissal bell rings we spend extra hours planning for the next day while also trying to fit in a trip to the gym or a run before we go home to grade more papers and prepare to do it all over again the next day.  
This year, we accepted the challenge of the Boston Marathon.  We try everyday to inspire our students, and we felt this was a unique opportunity to do something extraordinary- one of the marathon charities is the Boston Debate League, which runs an after-school program that many of our students participate in.  Raising money for this charity and running 26.2 miles allows us to inspire our students by example: we have committed ourselves to run the miles and raise almost $10,000 that will directly impact the lives of our students.   And they inspire us in return, to make that afternoon workout or to wake up early again on Saturday to brave the elements for our long runs. 
As teachers with students in the Debate program, we see the benefits of the League everyday in our classrooms.  The BDL does not just take the top 10% of students and teach them how to debate, but rather encourages all students to debate and encourages all types of learners.  BDL has kept many of our students in school; students who might have dropped out of high school have found a new source of inspiration and now excel in school.   Providing students with the right recipe of inspiration and hard work can be challenging, but once it is achieved there is nothing better than to watch a student take flight and soar.
Between the three of us, we teach over 260 students, in grades 9 through 12, in courses such as Algebra I, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, and AP Calculus.  We serve students with special needs and students who are English Language Learners.  We work at a Boston Public School that has a dedicated staff and some fabulous students, but never enough resources to help all of our students reach their potential.  We hope that running the marathon this April will help us inspire our students and provide much-needed funding to continue an important after-school program for our students.  If you’d like to find out more about the Boston Debate League and its impressive statistics for student support and retention, please see our website at this address:    Thanks for any support you can give! 
 -Robin, Chloe, Sarah

Left to Right-Sarah, Robin and Chloe

  1. Terri says:

    wow- that is terrific! Keep up the amazing work all around! I will TRY to catch up to you gals running :)…

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