We often hear state leaders and the media referring to educators as “Superheroes.”
Although we appreciate the sentiment, educators have demonstrated long before and during the pandemic that we will serve our students regardless of what it takes.
However, we are not superhumans who should be asked to shoulder the impossible. We demand to be treated with humanity and dignity, and we cannot tolerate more mandated trainings and responsibilities when our backs are already breaking under our normal responsibilities and the added burden created by the massive shortages.
If New Mexico wants to recruit and retain quality educators, all successful paths forward must be built on a foundation of professional respect for those who serve our students every day.