Greg Nesteroff’s article on local L.V. Rogers math teacher Paul Belanger, covering the disciplinary decision to suspend him for professional misconduct, was inappropriate and unsuitable for a local paper.
The piece was negative and invasive casting aside all respect for Belanger, especially when he wasn’t allowed to comment or have any say in what was published.
As an L.V. Rogers graduate I can honestly say Mr. Belanger was the best math teacher I encountered throughout my high school experience. Belanger puts his students and studies first, placing a high standard on learning.
I would recommend him to any student, vouching that he has great teaching methods and is always putting in the extra mile to stay in at lunch or after school if help is wanted. As Jeff Jones said, the disciplinary decision shouldn’t cast a dark light on the district or Belanger and neither should the Star. The distasteful article caused unfair and unnecessary public judgment. I believe it was an insensitive and poor decision to call a teacher out for his imperfections.
Sydney Zondervan, Nelson