Putting Instruction First, Even Now The circumstances are frustrating. And the burden these cuts put on students and teachers is shameful. But I find inspiration in the ingenuity and persistence of the people I’ve encountered at Northeast. I’ve met teachers who, among a staff of 150, have found creative ways to collaborate. I’ve met administrators who set a positive tone for the school by leading by example. I’ve met students with plans for greatness who are eager to talk about their classes and their futures. Their determination to do so much with so little is what drives me to come to work and wrestle with the challenges, too.

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