Re "Florin teacher among state's top five" (Our Region, Nov. 5): Congratulations to Tim Smith of Florin High School for being named Teacher of the Year. It is the honor of a lifetime and fitting recognition for someone with an extraordinary commitment to students and the teaching of mathematics.
However, in reviewing the story, I was disappointed to learn that precise examples of that commitment are missing. The principal of Florin High was quoted with canned platitudes: "He holds his students to a high standard of performance and he facilitates their achievement ... by developing and executing rigorous and well-developed lessons."
Florin is a low-performing high school. I would have appreciated learning specifically what this teacher accomplished to boost mathematical achievement and meet targets for standardized test scores in the face of that formidable challenge. If we're going to recognize teachers of the year, talking specifically about results should be part of the equation.
-- Steve Lyle, Sacramento