School year ‘not the best,’ say Fremont High teachers in poll

Fremont High School gets lower grades than other years on a survey of teachers.

Fremont High School gets lower grades than other years on a survey of teachers.

Four out of five teachers surveyed say that their best year at Fremont was not this year.

The other teacher has only been teaching for one year at Fremont.

These responses came from a survey the Green & Gold gave in February. The Green & Gold asked teachers about the school and how they felt about what was going on in the school.

“I hope that my best years at Fremont are yet to come,” wrote one teacher. “I can’t wait for the future when we have a brand new building, and a school design that challenges and supports all students to be successful.’’

Another teacher said that the newspaper had asked a “tough question” about which year was the best. However, that teacher did not think this year was the best.

“I want to say (my best year was) my second year,” the teacher wrote. “I felt like I was part of a family and I was home. I still feel like that today, but it was a very strong feeling during my second year.”

The survey also asked teachers how long have they had been working at Fremont. About 70 percent of the teachers who took the survey said they have been working at Fremont for more than two years, while 28 percent of the teachers who took the survey said they have been working at Fremont for less than two years.

Even though most teachers have not found this year to be their best, all seven teachers who answered the survey said they would be returning to Fremont next year.

Another question the survey asked was “How do you feel about the new administration?”

“It’s been a very difficult year having all new administrators, partially since our former admin (Vasquez and Sanchez) had been with us so long and were so beloved by the community,” wrote one teacher. “I know that the admin are trying their best, but Fremont needs more than ‘decent’ administration; we need an extremely hardworking, knowledgeable, culturally competent team with a clear vision for our school’s future. The district shortchanged us this year.”

However, not all teachers were critical of the new administration.

“I really miss having Mr. Carson here,” wrote one teacher. “He was very approachable for both teachers and students, and was a much-needed role model for our young African-American males. Now we have more students cheating themselves out of an education by wandering the hallways instead of applying themselves in class.”

Each teacher who answered the survey gave recommendations on how to make the school better.
One of the teachers said, “I think we need to establish trust with one another — that includes teachers, administrators, staff and students. From there, we need to understand the goals we are working toward and push each other to achieve those goals. We need to be supportive of one another.”

Another teacher said the school could improve it if was able to “increase the number of teachers to have smaller classes and more individualized attention for students.”

But at least one teacher said the secret to improvement was with student attitude.

“We need to get students to realize that they are determining their own futures right now,” the teacher wrote. “Too many of our students do not realize that to be successful in life, you first need to be successful in high school. It is very sad to watch 18-year-old students realize that they are not going to graduate because they have wasted time hanging out in the hallways or bathrooms instead of earning their graduation credits.”