To the editor:

I write this letter in support of the teachers of the New Milford School system. My two sons went through New Milford schools graduating in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and received a high quality education because of the teachers at Northville, Schaghticoke, and NMHS.

New Milford teachers prepared them for college and career with 21st century skills well before that became part of the vernacular. Their experiences in the classroom, on Team Waramaug, and on the playing fields was rich with relationships built on a desire, by the teachers and coaches in New Milford, to make a difference in their lives.

As a 15-year employee, 13 of those as a classroom teacher, of the New Milford Public School system, I can attest to the high quality instruction that was delivered by my colleagues at Hill & Plain and NES. All of my (former) colleagues spent many hours, outside of the classroom, preparing lessons for the next day and beyond so that all children could achieve their utmost potential.

They work weekends, during vacations, and over the summer ensuring that their classrooms are learning environments where all children feel respected, cared for, and part of a community. The teachers of the New Milford Public School system need to be respected for the work they do in and out of the classroom. They are hardworking, dedicated, caring people who should be held in the highest regard by the New Milford community and the New Milford Public Schools central office administration.

Personally, I would like to thank all of you, whether you taught my sons or taught with me, for your dedication, hard work, and sacrifice to make the lives of New Milford children better.

Denise Goodnow

Hancock, Vt., and former New Milford resident