Norman S. Edelcup K-8 School

The Dedication of Teachers – In and Out of the Classroom

By Fred A. Maas, Police Chief

(Wednesday, February 28, 2018) – Although they will both more than likely be upset with me for the recognition given them, I cannot speak about our “team” without including them. In fact, they are the heart and soul which energizes the rest of us to serve with them. I am referring to Ms. Alissa Tapia and Ms. Leticia Figueroa from your Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8.

Both are Assistant Principals and former teachers that progressed through the ranks to administrative positions. Becoming administrators did not change their dedication, devotion, and love for their students. This is truly exemplified by their daily work ethic at the carpool drop off lane. Myself and Corporal Gonzalez (S.R.O.) work alongside these two and we are energized by their positive attitude and the greetings they deliver to children every morning. Quite frankly, it is oftentimes a “mood changer” for the sleepy-eyed, reluctant or anxious young ones who are greeted with smiles, hugs or a kind word. They are also very astute to recognize and address safety issues or observations that may be problematic for a family or student.

I have often spoken about my views that teachers and educators are amongst my favorite people. In my opinion, our school is blessed to have two of the best serving there. Even though they are “administration,” they have never forgotten their foundation of a “teacher.” Please remember to thank all our teachers and staff at NSE/SIB K-8 and give them the respect and recognition they deserve. You truly have the best of the best.