“It’s been a busy day,” newly elected Sterling District supervisor Koran Saines said with a tired smile after spending Thursday in the proverbial shoes of a middle school teacher.
As part of American Education Week, elected officials and other Loudoun County community leaders took on the roles of teachers Thursday. The program, Educators for a Day, is meant to show decision-makers what goes on in the classroom on a typical school day.
Joey Mathews, president of the Loudoun Education Association which helped put on Educators for a Day, said education has changed a lot since most adults graduated high school. “It is important for the community to understand those changes in order to plan effectively for meeting the future needs of our students.”
Saines said spending time in the classroom will help him better understand the needs of the county’s 75,000-student public school system. Come January, he will have a seat on the nine-member Board of Supervisors, which decides how much the schools receive in county funds.
“I’m a learn, touch and feel kind of guy. Getting a good snapshot of where the local dollars are going will help equip me for those decisions,” he said.
Saines spent his day shadowing English Language Learner teacher Wendy De la Torre at his alma mater, Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling.
Eleven people took part in Educators for Day this week, including Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, incoming Loudoun County School Board member Tom Marshall and Del. Randy Minchew (R-10).