To the editor:

I have always been proud of my small town. Amidst the turmoil currently surrounding Madison Consolidated Schools, I have to say I am still proud of my town. More specifically I am proud of the courageous citizens who are standing up for what is right. I am proud my fellow Cubs who are making their voices heard in peaceful, yet meaningful ways.  

Most importantly I am proud of the former teachers and principals who are seeking justice for their colleagues and those whose voices have been silenced by “unethical” policies and fear of retribution.  I am proud of the fact that they are teaching me just as much now as they did when I was a student in their classrooms or school buildings—teaching me how to respectfully voice my opinions, how to stand up for what is right, and how to defend those who can’t stand up for themselves.  

Isn’t that every educator’s dream? That their students would not only learn the curriculum, but that they would be inspired to be good, honest people? That they would seek to do right by others and stand up for those around them? As a new teacher, I would be overjoyed to hear that even one of my students was inspired to be a better person because of the example I set in the classroom and in the community.  The example being set by the team of educators trying to right many, many wrongs is the type of leadership Madison needs at the helm of its school system.

I can’t wait for the day I get to come home and set that same example (like the one set before me) for students in the MCS community.  However, that day will have to wait until I can come home to an educational environment that fosters integrity, honesty, and all the life skills we try to instill in our students.  

To those who are fighting — please keep fighting.  Your students are watching and we are still learning

Kendra Nunan