Who’s your star polisher? “Paul Field,” writes Deanna Whiting, a student at R.A. Long. Why? “Mr. Field has made a difference in my life by being a teacher that has taught students about the real world and shown them they have power in their life. He has helped me find out that I have a voice and I have choices. … He teaches [History/Civic/CWP/Sociology/Cultural Anthropology] in a way that helps me understand and even when I’m still confused he will go on teaching in different ways until you understand. … In his classroom he makes it known that it’s a safe place. When I first had him as a teacher I was terrified of public speaking. But Mr. Field always assured everyone that he would not tolerate any kind of disrespect or someone making a student feel unsafe in his classroom. He helped me not be as scared. Mr. Field has not only helped me by teaching me in class, he’s given me advice and life lessons … about friendship, respect and success. I can honestly say that he is a big part of why I’ve succeeded here at R.A. Long and I wouldn’t be graduating this June without his help.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.