Woodbury teacher is candidate for teacher of the year

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 4:36 PM

Kathy Romero came to the classroom as a second career: "She's like a mom, almost, at that school."

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henrikaFeb. 16, 13 5:59 PM

Kathy Romero is an outstanding teacher who deserves to be Teacher of the Year. Both of my sons were in her English class for grades 9 & 10. They loved her class and learned writing, speaking, and creative thinking skills which will prepare them for the future. Closing this school would be a great loss for the State of Minnesota. I hope the legislator does the right thing and grants Perpich the opportunity to carry this school forward so Kathy Romero, and other teachers like her, can continue their work with children.

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sidoc2bFeb. 16, 13 6:35 PM

While Ms Romero may be an excellent teacher, educators and schools cannot achieve miracles alone. This article may pretend to be about Ms Romero. It's merely a poor attempt to plea the case of a few parents who bully their way through the EMID district. If you look at the recent article photos of the Crosswinds students visiting the Capitol, you will see just how "integrated" the school is.

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ecelesteFeb. 17, 13 9:12 AM

Crosswinds is 50% minority, 50% free and reduced lunch, 25% special education, and doing a fantastic job of helping every child achieve, ahead of state averages for minority kids. I've had two kids go through Crosswinds, one with special needs and one who is so swift he could easily get bored at most schools. Crosswinds, to my amazement, met both kids where they were, helped both celebrate and express themselves, made both stronger. My child with special needs is now a junior doing very well in college! Ms. Romero is an amazing teacher who helps every child participate in her class, who weaves art into language, who knows the value of true integration, not just diversity. We are so blessed to have her at Crosswinds, and incredibly lucky to have Crosswinds as a choice for families and students in our community. I hope the legislature allows the Perpich Center to keep Crosswinds open and serving Minnesota for many years to come. And I know our kids will succeed if Ms. Romero is teaching them there!

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balsamic1Feb. 17, 1310:13 AM

When Kathy Romero became my daughter's teacher, she was beginning to lose her momentum to learn and had started acting out in a way that her behavior impeded her learning. Kathy's warm and thoughtful teaching skills that taught to the whole child got my daughter's attention and she has returned to her love to speak and write the English language well. She has a bead on what's happening with ALL kids and mine is a daughter of color.

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librarisingFeb. 17, 1310:28 AM

Kathy Romero is an outstanding and caring individual who really embodies the Crosswinds spirit of inclusion, integration, arts and science. Her teaching style helps kids grow academically and personally. She is most deserving of this honor!

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eastmetromomFeb. 17, 1310:38 AM

Although sidoc2b may be correct that educators and schools can't achieve miracles alone, Crosswinds families value the education their children are receiving precisely because of what Ms. Romero says - all the teachers have a practice of reaching into the hearts of students where they are at, and raising them to higher expectations. The school's International Baccalaureate approach, and integration of arts and sciences into a voluntarily, ethnically integrated environment, create that miracle. Let's not forget, however, that the "Teacher of the year" award is for honoring teachers - and Kathy Romero deserves to be recognized for her talents, no matter where she may teach in the future. I, for one, hope she can continue to teach at Crosswinds. Bravo to all whom were nominated! I personally think teachers are miracle workers. They have such a powerful influence on our children.

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lleblancFeb. 17, 13 1:31 PM

Ms Romero is the kind of teacher we all wish we had during middle school, She helps kids feel empowered and helps them find their voice and their gifts during a time when self esteem may be fragile, especially for those "invisible" kids who may not have adults (or sometimes peers) who seem to value or listen to them. Ms Romero has certainly found, developed, and celebrated her gifts of engaging students and buliding independent thinking adults. Bravo to Ms Romero and ALL teachers! You are valued by those of us who see what invaluable work you do for the future of our communities!

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thumbsupFeb. 17, 13 8:11 PM

So happy to see that Ms Romero is up for this honor! My children have so appreciated her as their teacher over the years and she has been a most positive and motivating person in their lives. Congratulations Ms Romero on your nomination!

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