Adding a bright light to our lives

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To The Editor:

Thank you to everyone responsible for bringing Dr. Yvonne Spicer to our Island regional schools and the larger community. At a time when education seems plagued with heavy testing mandates, Dr. Spicer’s conversation regarding STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), students’ social and emotional well-being, and a multidisciplinary, project-based approach to education is a breath of fresh air! Bravo!

Once Dr. Spicer has visited all of our regional schools and met with administrators, my hope is that she will be able to meet with the broader community and share her perspective and integral approaches — providing an opportunity for our larger community to understand and better support our schools and teachers.

I commend our Martha’s Vineyard regional school administrators for shining this bright light on our public schools and embracing a dynamic, integral approach to our children’s education. Change is not always easy, particularly in education, but our children and their futures are certainly worth the effort.

Keep your eyes open — Dr. Spicer is a gift!

Hillary Noyes-Keene
Chilmark