I felt proud to be a Falmouth teacher at the March 30 Town Council meeting as many residents applauded the quality of education offered by our public schools. Make no mistake, my colleagues and I work tirelessly to meet every student’s varied needs. When designing instruction for our learners we take into account a host of learning styles, stages of development and emotional factors. Our youngest learners deserve nothing but our full commitment, dedication, expertise and best programming options.

With that said I was very disappointed by the position and statements made by a few councilors regarding the proposed school budget and the comments about all-day kindergarten. The current expectations and classroom schedule for our youngest and most dependent learners is overwhelming. I believe the only way to give our kindergarteners what they require in a relaxed and developmentally fulfilling environment is to provide an all-day kindergarten experience. An all-day kindergarten program will allow our youngest students the ultimate amount of time to learn, play and grow.

I urge all of Falmouth’s councilors to support the proposed school budget and allow it to go to the voters as is on June 14.

Kevin Grover, 2010 Maine teacher of the year
D.W. Lunt School