Addie Mix Story- A Ray of Hope in the Darkness: Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

  A Ray of Hope in the Darkness One Mother’s Story of Tragedy, Trauma and Triumph By Cleo Lampos as told by Addie Mix   The knife stabbed Jim’s arms as he held them up as a living shield. Again the blade cut through the skin and muscle of Jim’s…

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Torey Hayden, Teaching With Words: Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

                                                                                               Teaching With Words                                    By Cleo Lampos             Narrative nonfiction is a writing style that makes true events read like a novel. Is it any wonder that when Torey Hayden submitted her manuscript for One Child that the publisher snatched it up and put her under contract?…

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Bertha Bracey: Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

  The Sound of a Train Whistle By Cleo Lampos For five years, Bertha taught school in Birmingham,England. She wrote lesson plans, dictated sentences, encouraged written expression, calculated math problems and cared for the children in her class. Each student gained her attention and concern. As a Quaker, she respected…

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The Story of Thomas Galaudet: Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

    CHILDREN OF SILENCE By Cleo Lampos   Thomas struggled to take a breath in the spring air. As the other children ran around him, playing, pushing, screaming, he tried to inhale enough oxygen to walk to the stoop of his home. The oldest of twelve children, Thomas did…

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Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives: The Story of Barbara Henry

  .                                                 Class of One                                                 By Cleo Lampos               The superintendent of theNew Orleansschool district sat in his seat behind his desk. His offer of a teaching job for first grade atFrantz Elementary School produced only one question in Barbara Henry’s mind.             “Will the school be…

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Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

  In the weeks ahead, this blog will present the lives of teachers, both histoic and present who have lived extraordinary lives while being just ordinary people. Each of their lives was influenced by a defining moment which transformed the direction of their educational focus. Consider Barbara Henry when she…

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