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A message from Superintendent Dr. Charles Smialek, Ph.D.

August 26, 2019


We welcomed our teachers back to school last Monday in our annual Convocation.

This year, we invited three seniors, one from each of our high schools, to share their perceptions of the ways in which teachers can make a difference in students’ lives. Their words were moving, and deserve memorialization in this space.

The first was Rut Muzychuk, from Normandy. She explained to our staff, “Educating young minds is an arduous task. However, the teachers of the Parma City School District are more than able and ready to take on that challenge. Without the support and motivation of my teachers, I can say, without hesitation, that my joy and passion for learning would not have come to pass. Each one of you serves great purpose, as you motivate and inspire the youth of today to become exceptional citizens and fierce scholars.  Your patience, kindness, and support helps us to thrive.”

Next, Elise Vallee, from Valley Forge, shared her sentiments. Elise reminded our teachers, in part, “We need that passion and motivation from you all because your passion might just inspire your students to go into the world and do great things. Even if just one student is impacted by your words, that’s one more student that will change the world for the better. So keep that fire in you. Keep caring, even when it feels like your students don’t see or care about the effort you’re putting in because you truly do inspire us and make a difference in our lives.”

Ellie Madison, from Parma Senior High School spoke third. Ellie stated, “On behalf of all students in this school district, I would like to thank each and every one of you in this room. On your best and worst days, you are constantly impacting our lives in a positive way. To some students, you are their comfort zones. You are their role models. With this new school year approaching, remember that you are constantly making a difference in students’ lives. What you are doing is valuable and important, and I hope that even on the long and frustrating days, you never forget the significance of your jobs and the impact you have on students’ lives.”

Our students’ words were extremely powerful. We are grateful for their willingness to speak in front of such a large audience, and thankful for the impact our teachers have on all of their students every day.

Have a great week!