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Your Open Letter
May 26, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Dear Mr. Appen,

I taught at Milton for six years and wanted to relay a story about Cliff Jones. Many of my AP Macroeconomic students had taken AP World History from Mr. Jones two years earlier, and one day after he became an administrator his voice called into my room to ask for a student. After he clicked off, a student said, "Total downgrade for him." I asked what they meant, and they said he was such a fantastic teacher that it was a waste for him to become an administrator. Other students quickly agreed--"too good a teacher to be an administrator" was the consensus.
I relay that story because reading your open letter reminded me in many ways of those disappointed and concerned students. It's a testament to Mr. Jones' versatility and talent that he could do two totally different jobs well enough to elicit the same level of loyalty in both. While it's tempting to keep him where he is currently so successful, his desire to try this new challenge coupled with his track record of success shows that he could have an even greater impact in a position that affects a larger number of students. Just like my former students, my first reaction to the news was "Downgrade for Mr. Jones!" But I do believe in the long run this new position will allow him to make an even larger difference for Fulton County's students.

Nancy Moeller
Coldwell Banker
Johns Creek Montessori School
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