Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

October 1, 2019

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,


Have you ever wondered how it is possible that there could ever be a teacher shortage?  Why people aren’t flocking to the classroom?  A job that is 9 months long, every legal holiday off, winter, spring, and summer break?    Have you heard this before?  What are the top three reasons teachers teach?  June, July, and August?


Teaching is simple.  All a teacher has to do is prepare a lesson plan to teach their student’s, learning at varying levels of intelligence, maturity, socio-economic status, parental involvement and with many different learning styles. 


The Teacher must of course make sure to make the lesson relevant and interesting to each of the students whom are tweeting, IMing, texting, chatting, friending on facebook, posting on Instagram and have never lived in a world without cell phones, computers, or the internet.  They have no clue what an arcade is and they have only played pinball, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and Mario Brothers on their phone, computer, WI, Playstation 1,2,3, Gameboy, or X-Box.   


Teachers are to do this in less than 50 minutes a day after taking attendance, making announcements, collecting homework and passing out today’s manipulative.  In addition, the teacher must of course make sure to answer questions, check the entire group for understanding, re-teach the concept to the whole group (or just two students) if necessary, correct the behavior of students whom are not focused, have guided practice, and make sure to leave time to summarize the objective and explain the independent practice assignment (homework).


This does not include the time a teacher takes grading homework, entering grades, classroom preparation, writing lesson plans, answering emails, conferencing with parents and students, tutoring students after class, and attending school meetings.


Simple?  Definitely not!  What is most amazing about this is that our teachers are already doing this every day.  We want you to know that we recognize your job is extremely difficult, that we are very proud of our staff and we appreciate all that you do to help our students become productive members of society.   


We are blessed to have such talented and dedicated teachers at GLS!!!! Go Braves!!!!!!!!   



William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36