Math has always been a struggle for their children, wrote two parents in emails to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. “To say he hated math class on every level would be a true and accurate statement,” described one parent.
All of that has changed this year, according to the parents, thanks to Kempsville Middle School (KMS) math teacher Tim Dishaw. “He has a teacher that sees the best in him and I believe he is excelling because of this teacher,” wrote one parent. “My son is coming home happy. He has good grades in math,” wrote a second parent.
Senior Executive Director of Middle Schools Cheryl Woodhouse, joined by KMS Principal Patti Jenkins and KMS Interim Principal David Portis, surprised Dishaw in math class Nov. 14 to share both parents’ letters and to deliver a gift from campaign sponsor Pinboy’s at the Beach.
Read more about Dishaw in the parent letters below, and visit the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website to see more entries about the division’s Great Teachers.
My son is currently in the eighth grade and throughout his school career he has struggled with his courses. This year has been different. He has a teacher that sees the best in him and I believe he is excelling because of this teacher. The only teacher who has ever called home after hours to give positive feedback about my son was Mr. Tim Dishaw, “Mr. D”. After the phone call with glowing comments about my son’s behavior and grades, my son shared with me that Mr. D is awesome. He said that Mr. D did not like school when he was a kid so he makes the class fun to learn. I can tell you that after just a few minutes on the phone with him I could tell he was a fun and energetic teacher, the kind I would want to have in a class! Our teachers do so much every day beyond their scope of duties, after hours and for little pay. They should all be recognized for their determination to help mold the minds of young individuals. Mr. Dishaw stands out to me after having four children in Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
– Kathy Vargas
My son has always struggled with math. To say he hated math class on every level would be a true and accurate statement. He’s now in eighth grade and his math teacher is Mr. Dishaw. My son is coming home happy. He has good grades in math. He even goes to school an hour early just to go into Mr. Dishaw‘s class to get extra help. He is not forced to do this, he asks me to take him. My son tells me that Mr. Dishaw teaches integrity and honor by many methods within his class. This is an added bonus for any parent! He makes class fun and still expects and encourages hard work. I’ve never seen my boy so inspired and encouraged about something he’s hated for most of his life.
– Beth Davis