Friday, February 27, 2009

"Only the Good Friday"

Today for the sharing of goodness I would like to mention a teacher, Gregg Weinlein, who is one of my daughter, Lexie's, teachers. Mr. Weinlein is the director of, and teaches English in Columbia's Alternative Program (CAP) at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. Mr. Weinlein was awarded our local News Channel 13's (WNYT) "Top Teacher" this week.

The CAP program is designed to help "at risk" students to stay in school and get their High School diploma. Lexie was placed in the CAP program in her second year of the 9th grade and she has made some amazing changes! When you are in the CAP program you basically have the same teachers and classmates all through high school. I feel there is consistency, a level of trust, and a comfort zone in doing this. The students and teachers all know each other and know what to expect out of each other. Lexi says some of the other teachers in the school look down on the "CAP Kids" thinking they are trying to get away with stuff and get special treatment. It is not special treatment that these kids are getting, but they are getting their education in the way that they are able to learn. Unfortunately, not all teachers are like Mr. Weinlein and realize that not all kids learn in the same way, that there are alternative methods to teaching and to learning.

Mr. Weinlein has gone beyond being a teacher though to Lexie, as well as her boyfriend Jake. Jake graduated almost 2 years ago from the same CAP program. Mr. Weinlein has brought Lexi clothes for her son Anthony and even attended his birthday party last year. His kids know who Lexie and Jake are too. He has become a friend as well as a teacher to both of them. They both him and his opinions. I really thank Mr. Weinlein for working with not only Lexie, but all of his students who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks and probably dropped out.


Polka Dot Moon said...

An Angel for sure!!
Happy Friday :)

Cathy said...

What a great story. There are a lot of great people out there trying to make a difference in this world. I am glad Lexie and Jake had this experience. Cathy

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