Class Notes: More teachers report on excellent start to a new school year

“There’s no word in the language I revere more than ‘teacher.’ My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I’ve honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.” The quote is from Pat Conroy’s novel “Prince of Tides.”

We have 3,000 Collier County School District teachers working in what many call the noblest profession. Last week, we shared the new school year observations of a few of our teachers in their own words. This week, we hear from three more:

• “One of the things that makes me so proud to work in Collier County Public Schools is the collaboration of teachers all over the county and the staff in the administration building pulling together to make sure that each student has what they need to get the best education possible. Teachers in Collier County go out of their way to help teachers and students in other schools. I truly wish the public could see just a small part of what happens in the first weeks of school behind the scenes.” — Kimberly Sweat, New Beginnings, Naples

• “What a pleasure it is to get to know my new students, and an inspiration to see my old students returning ready to learn. I know it will be another great school year!” — Michelle Barreiro, Corkscrew Elementary School

• “Our band students worked hard during band camp this summer and really got off to an excellent start with our first football game. We have great students at Gulf Coast and I’m looking forward to this school year being exciting and successful.” — Steven DeLadurantey, Gulf Coast High School

We here at the district offices celebrate the art of teaching on a nightly basis by sharing teaching best practices on our award-winning Class Act television show. In it, we capture a classroom lesson in its entirety. The show is on TV at 7:30 each evening, Monday through Friday, on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, and online at The first episode of the new school year will debut on Monday, Sept. 12.

For this show our cameras will visit the fifth grade classroom of Osceola Elementary School teacher Jason Siciliano, who will be using math investigations and higher-order thinking skills to solve math problems. If you watch, please let us know what you think by sending an e-mail to We look forward to hearing from you.

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Joe Landon is the executive director of the Communications Services department for the Collier County School District.

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