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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Mother’s Day- A Tribute to Birth Mothers and Stepmothers

Mother’s Day Guest post by Paul James McAllister             My mother, Edythe (Bergstrom) McAlllister,  died in July of 1950, two months before I started first grade at St. Sabina’s grammar school in Chicago. She died from a blood clot after a gall bladder operation. I was devastated. My brother, Danny, …

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The Outsiders: An Inspirational Book to a Student Teacher

Ever read a book that changed the way you viewed lif? The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton was that book when I was a college student in 1967. I was ready to start student teaching in a school set in a culturally deprived neighborhood. The prospect of assuming responsibility for 42 …

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