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Q marries U at Shuford Elementary

February 14, 2011

Students at Shuford Elementary School were guests at a couple's wedding ceremony Monday for a marriage guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Diane Howard's kindergarten class celebrated the marriage of the letters Q and U in a service complete with flowers, wedding bands and rose petals.

The "marriage" taught students that the letters Q and U are hardly ever separated in the English language. Howard's female students dressed in white, wore veils and carried miniature bouquets provided by Butch Coley of Newton Florist. The boys in the class wore suits and ties.

"At first, (students) really thought they were getting married," Howard said with a laugh.

Plans for the wedding started about two weeks ago, where students learned songs about Q and U and prepared to march down the aisle with their partners.

Students learned about grammar during ceremony preparations, but they also learned about weddings.

"I learned that boys wear flowers during a wedding," said 5-year-old Sydney Templeton. " ... And Q and U aren't separated."

Shuford Elementary principal Patrick Nelson was the officiant at Q and U's wedding. Nelson reminisced about Q and U together as a couple. He recalled Q saying, "The sight of U makes my knees quake."

Students from other grade levels in Shuford Elementary attended the ceremony as friends of the bride and groom — other letters of the alphabet.

The brides wore U letters around their necks, and the grooms wore Q letters. Everyone received a ring after vowing never to part under a flower-decorated altar.

This is Howard's first Q and U marriage. She got the idea from a fellow teacher, whose child is now in Howard's class.

After the ceremony, students and their parents gathered for a "wedding reception" complete with wedding cake, punch and other food.

And because no wedding is complete without photographs to commemorate the occasion, students posed with their partners, parents and Howard to always remember the special day.


Mrs.howard is a awesome

February 18, 2011 by jjjet (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 174

Mrs.howard is a awesome teacher so leave your comments 2 your self backbone.

Thanks for the job description

February 17, 2011 by LeeHarper (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 170

Wow I just thought PTA's were there so parents could one up one another in a venue that was more academic than sports and there to embezzle money from....I'm no moron and I know what they do.

How much would it cost, and I am willing to pay for it as a contribution since my daughter is out of school, to have an " 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' life partner civil union day at Shuford Elem? Heck I bet Mr. Tuxedo on LR Blvd would have two little outfits that we could rent.

I want to see that.


February 17, 2011 by jthark (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 169

Dear Lee,

I posted before but now feel the need to educate you on what PTOs do for schools...All the money the PTO makes goes to our students and teachers. We've not only bought one notebook, we have bought many for children here at Shuford. Also, we give teachers extra money for their classrooms and help support the backpack program which feed 75 children per weekend. I am in charge of the program with my church and not one taxpayer dollar or school money is used to fund this program...Among the other accomplishments of PTO was a new track, playground and needs of teachers and students. I hate you feel the way you do, but until you understand the needs of a school and the wonderful children in it, please keep your comments to yourself. Your comments only serve to make our VOLUNTEER'S job harder, therefore, shortchanging the children you are so concerned about.


February 17, 2011 by mshook1216 (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 168

Enough is enough, folks. Time for this to come to a close.

Snow Daze

February 17, 2011 by LeeHarper (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 164

Let me get this straight. So much snow that we are forced to re-arrange family vacations, religious holidays and go to school on Saturdays because of days being missed due to winter weather but we have enough time to "teach" something like this?

Go ahead and place the torches at my feet because I have tarnished a wonderful teacher who would stand before a grizzly and her class, but should we really be wasting time teaching flamboyant methods of learning the alphabet when budgets/jobs/student scores are on the line too?

I attended NCSS many years ago and successfully mastered the ABC's without theatrical productions. Of course that was the days when teachers took their profession as a life calling and not as a stepping stone to advance up the school career ladder (maybe not this case) but very noticeable today.

Marriage and all of the social woes that go along with it varies so much by family values that it ought to be taught by the family.

IF a PTA feels compelled to mettle in individual class room affairs; buy a poor kid a notebook, help them with their reading, or take them on an appropriate field trip.

Backbone struck nerves but what is funny he struck it with the "in place" school in the system. If this program would have happened at Thorton or South Newton; none of the "more money than sense" crowd would have cared but he targeted sacred ground.

Fire away at me...


February 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 162

You people are starting to tire me! Bottomn line, what you had these children doing IS not the schools business! I am not angry, repressed or any of the things you accuse me. I have raised my children, no thanks to you to be productive and contributing citizens. Now it is time for some of us to stand up to the PTA and Teacher cabal! Look, no matter how muchmoney the taxpayers have to throw at you, you are not performing. Our schools are unruly hell holes. I have seen what you produce in my profession. Basically it is a feminized generation. This sillyness must stop. The only way to stop you social engineers is with the power of the purse. But you, by your collective rants are making it easy to get the TAXPAYERS to wake-up, so keep on exploiting the little tots. Soon enough my tax bill will go down! Now I take my leave until the next bit of stupidity comes from the "Voice of the Schools!".

I truly hope you are done

February 16, 2011 by Katie_Templeton (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 163

I truly hope you are done ranting, because quite frankly you are scaring myself and a number of other people. Not because we think you will make any kind of difference in our everyday lives, nor do we think that you will have an impact on our schools, or our children. I do however worry that you have had a psycotic break. You say your wife is a teacher yet all you do is bash education. You are also ranting about "polishing our sandals", the "koolaid" we are serving, and telling women to "go cook something babe." I hope that you find your own version of utopia in your head, because after reading all of your rants I can assure you that you will not be finding it here in reality. Good luck with your future plans and I do hope that you are able to get the help that you so desperately need.

You are married to a teacher

February 16, 2011 by Debbie Moritz (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 159

I just read that you are married to a teacher. Now, I know what your problem is all about. You MUST be married to the teacher my son had in kindergarten 8 years ago. She was as much of a A** as you sound.

Response to Backbone

February 16, 2011 by Robin Hawn (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 158

The wedding was an education in the joining q and u...which are together most of the time. The children involved in this will remember this rule forever because it was introduced in a way that students can learn!!!
As far as volunteers...the schools run ALOT smoother because of them!!!
School is ALOT more than reading, writing and arithmetic!!! It is the children learning social skills also!!!

Response to Backbone

February 16, 2011 by ltepper (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 156

To Backbone….

I wanted to start this post by saying “Backbone, YOU ARE AN IDIOT ON SO MANY LEVELS” but decided that wouldn’t be the best example to set for my two children. So let me start like this: a. I’m a Republican; b. I’m a taxpayer c. I don’t watch Oprah or Dr. Phil or do yoga. Others that have commented have addressed the educational benefit of the Q and U wedding for the students. I totally agree with them. But, I disagree with your comments regarding not teaching morals and values in schools.

Backbone, schools do not exist in a vacuum outside of society. There are some values all kids need to learn… Respect others, respect yourself, be kind. Children aren’t computers that you feed data into. Learning the three R’s does not guarantee a successful future for a student. A child can ace all of the standardized tests but if he or she “can’t play well with others” their success in the workplace will be limited. Learning how to treat others (morals and values) is an important part of every child’s education.

Diane Howard taught my child in kindergarten and I visited her classroom many times throughout the year. She is a patient, caring, kind and creative teacher. She teaches her students to care about one another as well as teaching them to read and write, etc. My child was extremely blessed to have such a wonderful teacher at the beginning of his academic career.

Now back to you Backbone. I think you didn’t use your real name because you don’t want your spouse to know you posted those comments. If your spouse’s educational philosophy is the same as yours, I hope she gets the ax first if any cuts need to be made. That should be a major improvement in the educational system.

Lisa Tepper

Q and U wedding

February 16, 2011 by terri curtis (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 151

Well, I don't do yoga or watch Oprah. Not a man hater either. I am an educated professional as are many of the other respondants, many with advanced degrees. The only "hysterical" vibe I get is from you. YOU might take some of this extra time of yours and volunteer at a school. Quite the eye-opener. If not, then I suggest you visit your physician for help with your anger before you have a heart attack or stroke and cause the taxpayers to spend money on YOU. (Taxes support the hospital as well.) I don't want my tax money spent on you, so get your anger in check. I'm sure you can't afford to print your name because your educator spouse would die of embarrassment.

You just dont get it!

February 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 155

It is not about my anger (it aint, I am not). It is not about missions. Schools are supposed to teach ONLY the basics to be educated. IT IS ABOUT SOCIAL ENGINEERING, that is the problem. That seems to be the big part of this. Seems schools spend more time on this useless stuff (weddings for kiindegartners and such) and not enough on guess what reading wrighting (just look at some of the penmanship today) arithmatic, science and probably most important civics and history. That is what I am getting at! As for volunteering-I volunteer to pay my taxes and trust my elected school board to make the right decisions. To allow this stuff to go on is not the right decision, so I will petition the board or more probably "replacement" candidates to "dial back" this kind of whack "stuff" and stick to the basics. (no I dont care 'bout school prayer or condomns or such stuff, in fact that is also social engineering from the other flank!
Just dial back the silly stuff and teach my kids to compete in the future world, which is going to have challenges we have never faced! As for volunteering, that is just one more tool the EDU-SOCIALIST use to get folks to be susceptable to the KOOLAID you are putting out. Reallyu it is a place for overeducated and underemployed soccer moms to congregate and think they are helping society, but it is not! Now go cook something babe and calm down!

Backbone, oops I mean BoneHead

February 16, 2011 by Debbie Moritz (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 157

I think your jealous because you did not have a teacher as WONDERFUL as Mrs. Howard. My child was in her class last year and she recieved an excellent foundation to start her school years. We need more teachers like her. I completely support all she does in the school system. I am jealous because she did not do it last year. I can see by your spelling that you did not have a teacher like her either. What Mrs. Howard has done is over and above the expectations of a teacher. She is more than a teacher. She is exactly what our school system needs. Its people like you that mess it up for everyone else. Take a look at Burke County. Were you a part of that too?

Poor man

February 16, 2011 by David S (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 150

Backbone, it's unfortunate that you have to bully others because you have no understanding of what they are talking about. Can you tell me where to find the mission of schools you speak of: Reading, Writing, Math and little else.... I will gladly show you federal legislation, state requirements, community expectations that say schools have the moral imperative to educate children in an impactful way, to be defacto caregivers and to do whatever it takes to help them experience success. Thank you to all of the staff in NCCS for their focus on the whole child, in spite of the misguided rants from those who likely would benefit from a day in a Kindergarten classroom.

School Mission

February 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 152

Well when you write your own mission statement, as the Schools do, you can add any thing you want. Yes, I got it Federal legislation/requiremnts and all that, yea got it, but guess what, that is my argument...change the regs from up high and stick to the basics of education, reading, writing and artihmatic, science and skills need to work and lead a good productive life, but really DO KINDEGARTNERS NEED TO SPEND THEIR TIME PLAYING HOUSE OR HAVING FAKE WEDDINGS. IT IS AN INSULT TO US, THE TAXPAYERS AND AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE THE CUSTOMERS! Oh yes I have a graduate degree, and if I rant it is because I am 'PASSIONATE" about the needs of the taxpayer, and thank god the worm is turning in this country and our needs are being recognized! Go polish your sandals and kink up your fuzzy head you leftist! (Since you like to hurl insults and are quick to judge!)
As long as you people are gonna keep it up, so will I! I owe it to the taxpayers!

Speaking of passionate, have

February 16, 2011 by Inspired by teachers (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 161

Speaking of passionate, have you ever thought about how many successful adults in this country can look back into their past and identify a PASSIONATE TEACHER as the inspiration, the turning point, and the main contributor for the success they enjoy today? Now ask yourself, how many politicians can claim to have personally inspired our children to succeed? Much shorter list, I'm sure.
Speaking of grammar, Backbone, I am challenged when it comes to its proper use, and I too am a terrible speller. But, in the words of Lou Holtz “Don’t let what you can’t do, get in the way of what you CAN DO”. So please don’t let bad spelling habits stop you from typing this all on a WORD document first so that the program can
1. point out our errors
2. allow you to correct them, and
3. copy and paste the entire blog, error free

Especially when criticizing the teaching profession, which I
1. am not a part of
2. wish that I had spent the money and time to become one though
3. admire immensely
4. can look back on as the “Backbone” to the success that I enjoy today

In closing, Backbone ,
I believe passion is a great thing to have, when focused in the right direction. You seem to be trying to do the right thing. Good for you! I challenge you to do more than just blog though. I challenge you to go to the library and check out books on teaching kids. I believe you'll find most will point out that children who learn through singing, playing, and physical interaction retain what was taught 'Q-U'icker and remember it longer. I do not argue against drilling as a means of learning, but most books would not point to this as the only teaching practice to use. I challenge you to help change our Great Nation, not through politicians, but by supporting your teaching spouse and the throngs of passionate teachers, the TRUE PROFESSIONALS OF INSPIRATION!
Michael R. Glover

My Hero

February 16, 2011 by ron howard (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 160

For thirty one years I had the privilege of serving my country as an Army Aviator. Several years ago, I received an extremely unique request. Would I be willing to seek approval to fly an Army helicopter and land it at an elementary school in Newton. Didn't seem like a real big deal to me. I sought permission, flew the aircraft to Shuford Elementary and landed on their playground. The children were brought out by the teacher, allowed to sit in the aircraft, hold the controls, put on the helmet and night vision goggles and ask question endless questions about flying and what it is all about. It was an experience I will never forget. I've fought in wars around the war, but that visit to Shuford Elementary might have been one on the most significant events of my career. I suppose in some ways it was a waste of Taxpayer money. But thanks to their teacher, Diane Howard, there are a couple dozen adults in the world today, who are about to turn forty years old, who will remember that day the black helicopter landed in their school yard. Thank you Diane for what you have done for our children. God bless you.


February 16, 2011 by terri curtis (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 153

Why I do have some nice sandals! "Kink up my fuzzy head" really gets my attention. You aren't just an oppinionated buffoon, you are a loose cannon racist. You really are scary but certainly not in the way you think you are. As we say in the South when something is so shockingly wrong that we are left speechless: "BLESS YOUR HEART !!!"

Backbone again...

February 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 147

Oh, yes, as for being angry..not a bit, how can I be angry, it is a beautiful spring day. Oh yes, I get a bit testy around tax time bu I walways look forward to election season and a chance to effect some change. Perhaps I will look forward even more to some folks with-Dare I say it "BACKBONE" who will put the needs and desires of...wait for it.. THE TAXPAYERS ahead of all elese. Look no one wants to harm kids, but get real, they need an education not all this social engineering malarky! Truth is things are going to get tight around here and a lot of people feel the way I do!

"Backbone replies..."

February 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 146


Judging by the "emotional" replies from the collective you, that is why I would not dream of posting my name! Why is it that every time someone disagrees with the " more enlightened ones among us", they are crazy. Guess what-a. I am a democrat (albeit currently a very disenchanted one, and may not remain one for much longer!), b. I am married to a school teacher. But my concern is for the taxpayers and what we get for our investment in education. Look I, and others like me (shall we call it-the "silent majority") want the schools to stick to their mission and yes it is reading, writing and arithmatic and dog gone little else. I and others are tired of the school crowd and their PTA fanatics running around hootin and hollerin all over the place and screaming bloody murder everytime the budget "scalpel" and not the ax is directed to schools. Bottomn line, our schools a. dont perform to par, and b. dont stay in their "lane" and that results in the lunacy of having mock weddings instead of teach kids to read write etc! SO CALM DOWN, GO WATCH OPRA OR DO YOGA OR SOMETHING, MAYBEY THINK ABOUT ALL THE MEN WHO HAVE WRONGED YOU OVER THE YEARS, BUT STOP BEING SO HYSTERICAL LADIES!

Q and U Wedding

February 15, 2011 by Lutz (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 145

Some people should keep their negative comments to themselves! Diane Howard is a wonderful teacher! We are blessed to have teachers like her!

Q Marries U at Shuford Elementary

February 16, 2011 by Charlene Johnson (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 144

"Backbone??" Surely you meant BONEHEAD! You, my disillusioned friend, are the very reason that many GREAT teachers such as Mrs. Howard will continue to do what they do best....TEACH! Why do I say that? Because even idiots such as yourself need the best education possible!

I've had the privilege of attending the Wedding of Q and U in the past. There is nothing perverse or immoral about it. What it is, however, is an excellent teaching tool that will be permanently embedded in her student's minds.

Teaching isn't easy or for the faint of heart. If it were, everyone would be doing it. What sets teachers apart from the people who choose to instigate and insinuate is the desire to see that no child, NOT ONE, falls through the cracks.

HOW DARE YOU say that you would have her replaced! First of all, MORON, teaching isn't an elected position. Secondly, you'd have to fight hell and half of Georgia to make that happen. Too many people, who know Mrs. Howard and her love for ALL children, would make sure that never happens.

I would certainly hope that you would send a personal letter of apology to Mrs. Howard for your rude and misinformed comments. However, I don't think she will be holding her breath. She has teaching to do!!

Q and U Wedding

February 15, 2011 by Rebekah Wilkinson (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 143

I think the manner in which Mrs. Howard taught her students letter patterns was extremely creative. Having known Mrs. Howard for a number of years, I know how dedicated she is to her students and the required curriculum. In today's society if you can use a technique that will help students learn and remember concepts-go for it! I feel sure Mrs. Howard's students will always remember that "Q" and "U" are unique and go together. Her studnets will also remember her as a wonderful and caring teacher,one who obviously went well above what is expected. Her students will be better for having had her as a teacher. I feel if you are going to be critical, then you need to have the facts and the "Backbone" to state your name, but that is a subject for another day.

I think this is a fabulous

February 15, 2011 by Holly Ellwanger (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 142

I think this is a fabulous way for students to learn! How wonderful to incorporate the different senses and to address different learning styles. Great job!

Q and U

February 15, 2011 by fanofthegreatdianehoward (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 141

Backbone, you seem so angry.
You clearly have no concept of how to reach children and facilitate learning. Those children will remember the fun they had while learning this important grammar lesson for the rest of their lives. Will they remember sitting at their desks where BACKBONE would have them, listening to a teacher drone on in a monotone voice about the importance of following Q with U?
The children of Shuford Elementary, along with their wonderful parents, looked forward anxiously to this fun filled day. The parents were eagerly involved, and thankfully none of them had the short-sighted perspective held by BACKBONE.
Mrs. Howard is wonderful, one of a kind teacher, with a huge heart and passion for children and getting them off to a great start with boundless enthusiasm to see them learn.
I thank God for the impact Mrs. Howard has had on the lives of my own children, and also thank God that my children never had the misfortune of having someone like BACKBONE determine how they should and should not best learn those important academic lessons.

Q and U Wedding

February 15, 2011 by Are-U-Kidding (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 139

I can't believe there would be such a post about a "mock" wedding that actually did what a teacher should do---TEACH! Mrs. Howard has left the children at Shuford with the knowledge that the letters q and u will always be together in words. Please do not let the ignorant people out there discourage any teacher to take the opportunity to make the lesson (and that is what the whole "ceremony" was about) memorable. I bet you could ask the students who attended the QUestion and they could answer that Q and U will always be together in words....some people should just keep QUiet!

In response to "Backbone"

February 15, 2011 by Leonard Geddes (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 138

"Backbone" or should I say, "No Backbone", being as this person didn't have enough courage to leave his/her name, is a real simpleton! Before you comment on a story you should get your facts straight, and maybe, just maybe attend the event. The Q and U wedding is exactly the type of project that our tax dollars should be spent on. It is a very creative way to teach young kids that the letter "U" always accompanies "Q". There are no moral values taught! No personal beliefs shared! Only an educational concept that any parent would want their kid to learn, and in a way that will stay with each student for life. This event took a lot of time, planning and some of Mrs. Howard's own money.

Backbone, you and the other crazies out there who so readily want to cut teachers (thinking that tax dollars can be better spent) need to think of what is lost. Instead of unnecessarily criticizing Mrs. Howard for going above and beyond the call of duty, rather than simply handing out a worksheet or having students stuff some facts into their head. Her kids learned something in an engaging and transformative way -- the very purpose of education. While other kids may struggle to learn the concept that the letter U always accompanies the letter Q, Mrs. Howard's kids will be able to move beyond that to their next lesson. Making the most efficient use of our tax dollars!

As an aside: your type consistently threaten to cut teachers as if they are an overgrown finger nail that can be cut and discarded without much effect. Cutting great teachers like Mrs. Howard is like cutting of your leg, your arm or cutting out your eyes. Sure life goes on without them, but it sure is much more difficult!

If you really have a backbone, you would write Mrs Howard a letter of apology. Perhaps you should take some of your tax dollars and donate some items to her class, since she has shown herself to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. That is a good use of your dollars, but you can keep your two cents to yourself!

Q and U Wedding

February 15, 2011 by Katie_Templeton (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 136

As an educator I think that this was a wonderful and extremely creative way to teach students about a spelling concept that can be difficult for children to learn. As a parent I was thrilled to have my child particpating in such a creative activity. In regard to the previous post, Mrs. Howard was not trying to teach "values" by performing a pretend wedding ceremony. She was however teaching her students about a spelling pattern and letters of the alphabet. Luckily for her and every other teacher out there, individual people do not have the ability to determine who keeps or looses their job. I have worked with Mrs. Howard and I now have a child in her classroom and I can say that I have been nothing but extremly pleased with the wonderful and developmentally appropriate ways she has educated my child. I consider myself lucky to work with such a wonderful and creative educator and even luckier to have been blessed enough to have my child in her classroom. Anyone who thinks that there was anything wrong or inappropriate about this wedding is lacking in their knowledge of child development and how students' best learn!

The Q and U Wedding

February 15, 2011 by pewcrew (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 135

I think Mrs. Howard is a wonderful teacher, she cares about her students and she will be the 1 teacher in a student's life that they will always remember. And for the "Negative People", who weren't there and don't know what it is all about, get your facts jack before you complain. Don't you remember what being 6 year old is all about? It's about finding fun ways to learn. Mrs. Howard's class has read over 2100 books since the beginning of the year. How many have you read??

The marriage of Q and U

February 15, 2011 by Rebecca Secrest (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 133

Diane, this is a great way to teach a specific concept and get it to stick in the children's minds. Please don't pay attention to those Negative Nellies who don't understand anything about teaching.

"Q and U"

February 15, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 131

This is disgusting and wrong on so many levels! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR CHILDREN TO BE DOING THIS OR EVEN EXPOSED TO THIS TYPE OF GARBAGE. a. Marriage and the things that surround it are FAMILY BUSINESS ONLY! b. It is a waste of time and tax dollars, and c. it is just inappropriate and strange.

I strongly question Ms. Howard, the teacher's Judgement and maturity to be in charge of "our future".

Leave the teaching or Morals and values to the parents, grandparents anc churches, you stick to the fundamentals of learning or we will replace you! (We being the taxpayers!)


February 15, 2011 by jthark (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 140

Dear Backbone,

I am Julie Harkins (yes, i added MY name). You obviously have too much time on your hands. To address your comment, this is something that has been done for years at Shuford and is quite the learning experience for the children. Secondly, NOT one tax dollar was used for this....Mrs. Howard and the rest of the teachers use out of pocket money for many things for the children. Mrs. Howard is the epitome of excellence in our schools as well as all the teachers at Shuford. I am proud to say my children have gotten a great education there. Lastly, it isn't your place to replace anyone, frankly that is laughable. Get your facts straight.

Q and U wedding

February 15, 2011 by Katie_Templeton (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 137

I was extremely upset by the comment posted above, refering to this wedding as being a waste of tax dollars and time and inappropriate and strange. I have taught Kindergarten and I also have a child who participated in the Q and U wedding, and I am extremely offended that someone would write such mean and hurtful things. Teaching students a spelling pattern that will allow them to decode and correctly spell words is in no way a waste of time. The last time I checked that is what teaching was all about. I also do not think that the wedding was strange or innapropriate. As an educator I think that it was extremely creative and age appropriate. I know from personal experience that teaching students spelling patterns and the "rules" of spelling in the English language can be difficult, any rhyme or way that I could come up with to help my students remember them, I taught. Mrs. Howard simply went the extra mile and devoted her time, money, and effort to allow her students' to learn in an extremley creative and innovative way. As a parent of one of the children participating I can assure everyone out there that my child had no questions about the sanctity or seriousness of mariage. She did however learn a great deal about spelling and the letters of the alphabet. I have been fortunate enough to learn from Mrs. Howard as a beginning teacher, collaborate with her as a fellow teacher, and now have my child in her classroom. Mrs. Howard is an exemplary teacher and I think her creative efforts should be rewarded not degraded.

wedding of q and u

February 15, 2011 by terri curtis (not verified), 4 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 134

I consider myself incredibly blessed for my child to have been taught by Diane Howard. She is a phenomenal teacher. I am also a taxpayer and know many, many taxpayers that would stand up for Ms. Howard's stellar reputation as a person and a teacher. It is quite obvious that you have not been in a school in a while or you would know that the teacher is often the parent and church as well as responsible for a child's education in response to your ignorant and misinformed notions. Ms. Howard is someone who goes above and beyond to not only educate her students, but make it fun and interesting, as well as help many children cope with tremendous obstacles in their lives. By the way, like most teachers, Ms. Howard paid for this out of her own pocket. There was no expense to the "taxpayer". (For the record, I am not a teacher.) As a taxpayer, though, I can tell you the best money I have ever contributed to education taxes was spent on Ms. Howard's salary. My child has excelled and loves school thanks to having Ms. Howard begin her educational experience. So, as you say, leave the teaching to the teachers. In this case, you are in very good hands.

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