Teachers are among the great builders of our community and of our society. But, sadly, they are all-too-often forgotten, underrated, even maligned. But rest assured, and after over three decades in the business, some of the best teachers anywhere are in the Hoboken public school system. But even I sometimes need a jolting reminder. This happened early in January, during a "workshop away-day."
"Showing the flag," in the lingering words of one bygone Hoboken superintendent, is very important. And our school system could have no better ambassador than Mr. Vincent Cassesa.
He wowed them recently in Secaucus! I was along as well for a GEPA workshop on language, reading and writing, but clearly the day belonged to "Mr. C." He is a brilliant, world class presenter -- articulate, totally informed and intricately prepared, immensely knowledgeable, breezy and humorous yet focused and sequenced, supportive and nurturing, totally enchanting and enhancing. What better person to carry out into the field the great colors of both the City of Hoboken and our public school system! It matches his equally splendid, score-building, test-success records within classrooms in Hoboken High School and at Demarest and Brandt Middle Schools.
A suggestion: perhaps Mr. Cassesa should be cloned. He is a gleaming jewel to us, to our profession and to our community. A son of our City has not just done well, but very well.