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Hearst Elementary School1
Posted September 19, 2014
- a parent
I am happy for those who think this is a great school. In our kids's classroom there is a lot of yelling; teacher are talking to kids with very unpleasant and harsh tone, the atmosphere is cold, not happy, as we speak with other parents we realize that kids do not want to come to school in the morning. This is very sad for our young kids.
my Husband and I have been searching for a good school where our daughter would get what she needed. Hearst is the winner! her teacher is Ms. Anderson and she is such a joy. she and her aide Ms. Gilmore are very attentive to all the children. they both are 100% dedicated to the children and their success. I love the new principle as well, she's great. this school has it going on. GO OWLS!
I don't think it's fair to judge a persons parenting skills just because they stated a teacher yelled at a student. This action by the teacher has nothing to do with a persons ability to parent but, how the teacher handles a sistuation. You can go above and beyond working with your child at home to the point of almost home schooling and sometimes sistuations still arise at school. So please don't be so quick to judge.I think the teachers at Hearst are doing a great job but, that may not be that parents experience .
I would like to respond to the parent who cited one of the teachers as ignoring or yelling at students by asking that parent to examine his or her parenting skills. Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. Too often they are failing teach their children the importance of education and proper respect for teachers. I would ask this parent how much time he or she has spent reading to or with his or her child. Does your child see you reading? Do you develop your child's math skills by playing games, allowing the child to calculate prices in the grocery store, or to help you measure ingredients in the kitchen? Do your support your child's teacher? Do you supervise your child's homework? Do you make it clear that you will not tolerate disrespectful behavior in the classroom and that there will be consequences at home for such behavior? If the school recommends additional testing or counseling do you follow-up? Education is a partnership between parent and student. You cannot expect a teacher to do his or her job and yours. Most teachers are dedicated people who want the best for their students. Too often they receive little or no support from parents.
I am the principal at Hearst Elementary.I never go to blogs, but someone brought this to my attention. I find the anonimity of a blog to be somewhat cowardly. I will be up front and tell you who I am. I feel compelled to respond and invite anyone to drop by on any day and visit our great school. (Specifically, visit our 3rd grade! Two amazing teachers!) Our environment is peaceful throughout the building. Our academic programming is challenging. Our teachers are dedicated. I won't comment on my own work. Rather, I invite you to come meet me and judge for yourself. I am far from perfect, but everything I do here is done with the 300 students and 50 staff members who show up every day in mind. Come check us out!
This school is not good at all, the school's principal is the main problem, then the third grade teachers are some of the worst I have ever seen. They handle the school loosely and the teachers scream at the children.
I feel very lucky that we were given the opportunity to enroll our son into Hearst. With this being his first year at Hearst in pre-k we already see the dedication and commitment the teachers have to their students. We absolutely love the environment and he enjoys going to school. & by far the most parental involved school I have seen. GO OWLS!!!!!!!!
Hearst is an excellent professional learning community established on a strong foundation. We, the parents, are so fortunate to have one another. Our current leadership leaves a bit to be desired, takes more than a guitar and some stars. However, we will overcome that next year as we pass that on to Prince William County. Let's look forward to new leadership!!!