In response to “Teachers are Greedy” (Sound Off, Feb. 23-March 1): Teachers are required to go to school for at least 5 years, pay hundreds of dollars for certification tests, then hundreds more dollars on our certification. Not to mention the hundreds or even thousands of dollars of our own money we spend on materials and resources for our classrooms. It disgusts me that people have so little respect for the teachers who are working above and beyond what is expected of them. You say that teachers work only half of the year. Do you know how many teachers stay several hours after school, work on the weekend, and during their vacations to develop lesson plans, write IEPs, reteach lessons, tutor students, etc.? So until you know what it is like to be a teacher, maybe you should stop calling us greedy, and support the men and women who are helping to educate your children.