Plenty of good in Edison Local

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to recognize some important people who rarely get the praise they deserve: the teachers in the Edison Local School District. I graduated from Edison High School in 2007, and have spent the past six years completing college and then law school. During this time, I watched as Edison went through a teachers’ strike, closed schools and faced an ever-increasing funding problem. I read angry letters from supporters and opposition to each and every tax levy placed on the ballot, and I talked to frustrated students and administrators alike. Few can disagree that Edison is a financially struggling district that has seen better times.

One thing that I haven’t seen much of over these years is gratitude and recognition. This school district is filled with many wonderful students and families. Even better, the district has always been staffed with excellent teachers and faculty. From my time at (now-closed) Richmond Elementary, to (now-closed) Springfield Middle School, through high school, I had caring, dedicated teachers, a fact I took for granted at the time.

I did not realize the superior quality of the education I had received from my Edison teachers until college, where I felt prepared to not only succeed, but also excel. Although I graduated from Edison at a time when college credit courses were at a minimum – I had five credits transfer – I completed my undergraduate degree in three years, mostly because I tested into upper level English and Spanish classes. Three years after that, I completed law school at the University of Akron, passed the Ohio Bar Exam and now I am coming back to the area to begin my career.

Now that my academic career has come to an end, I have finally gotten around to saying what I have been thinking for years. For the wonderful academic education I received, I would like to say “thank you” to all of my teachers in the Edison Local School District. Even more important, I want to let those teachers who went the extra mile to challenge students in the classroom, and to help students through difficult times, know that your efforts are not unnoticed or unappreciated. I could never have gotten to where I am today without the foundations in academics or life I learned from the faculty at Edison Local. I wish I could name every teacher who made a lasting impression on my life, but I would surely miss a few. Instead, I hope my words will inspire others to recognize the good in spite of the problems our district is now facing.

Aaron Richardson

Edison Class of 2007