Men's Stories

So long to a preschool purist

by Patty Fisher - Mercury News in Palo Alto, CA - USA
Back in the days before "parent" became a verb, before toddlers were using computers and kindergartners had homework, Peter Wing was running a preschool where children did nothing but play. They ran around, acted silly, listened to stories and simply behaved like kids.

The best job anyone could have

by Craig Simpson in Boston, MA - USA
My name is Craig Simpson. I am an Infant/Toddler Team leader at the Yawkey Konbit Kreyole Center for Early Education and Care in Dorchester, MA, USA. I am 62 years old. I have been working as an Early Childhood Teacher for over 30 years. My mother had been a Preschool teacher for 30 years. I grew up in a racially integrated preschool at the end of the 1940s in New Jersey. I didn't think I would be a teacher, even a day care teacher. I thought I would be an archeologist.

You Teach What?

by Mark D. Hedger - Principal in Holden, Missouri
"You teach what?" That is the phrase I often heard when I would tell my fellow coaches what I taught. Being a high school basketball coach and first grade teacher was not something they were expecting to hear. They expected me to tell them that I taught physical education or social studies, not that I taught six-year olds how to read. The reaction that followed was often mixed. Some of the coaches would give me the "that is pretty neat, I respect that" look, while others would give me the "are you kidding me, that is weird" look.

40 years successfully teaching teachers

by Carlton Fletcher in Albany, GA - USA
Wilburn Campbell's seen it all, the then and the now at Albany State University.

He remembers when Peace Hall was a condemned building ... when a city street ran through the middle of campus ... when "shotgun houses" were located at the southern end of the current campus ... when Caroline Hall was more than a symbolic chimney ... when the campus was inundated with the flood waters of the adjacent Flint River ...

A lot of stuff happens in 40 years.

Elementary special-education teacher is one of a kind

by Carole Bodger Bon in Indiana, USA
His students call him Mr. French Fry.

Their parents call him "wonderful."

And, whoever you talk to, the man who calls himself a "big kid at heart" is having a big, wonderful effect on the students of Greenville Elementary School.

Teaching From the Heart

by Lynn E. Nielsen in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
I am a teacher. In 1972, I began my career teaching 5th- and 6th-grade social studies in the Midwest where, exactly 20 years before, I had started kindergarten. I was part of the Boomer generation that hit the schools in crushing numbers just after the war. From 1941 to 1945, many of our fathers were occupied with fighting the war in Europe and Asia. When they returned, they became occupied with families-making them. Like a junior Invasion of Normandy, wave after wave of 5-year-olds like me descended on the schools armed with crayons, Big Red tablets, and kindergarten nap mats.

Clarence Little receives a Schott Fellowship

by Dana Forsythe - The Bulletin Newspapers in Massachusetts, USA
Clarence Little, director at the Hyde Park Learning Center, was selected this month to receive a Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education. He was chosen as one of 11 fellows statewide. The award is given to support a diverse group of senior leaders in early childhood care to strengthen public policy for the children of Massachusetts.

To Be An African Teacher

by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1933 - 2007) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. A teacher, psychologist, and historian, he began his career in the Denver Public Schools. He earned a B.A. in Educational Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver, where he also taught in the College of Education and in the Philosophy colloquium of the Centennial Scholars Honors Program.

One of only five male teachers

by Erinn Hutkin - Roanoke.com in Roanoke, VA, USA

There's a second-grade teacher on Principal Cristina Flippen's staff who's especially nurturing and affectionate.

In this Oak Grove Elementary class, pupils watch chickens hatch each year, then the teacher takes the baby birds to the family farm to live.

Each November, the classroom filled with little chairs and little crayon- and glue-stick-stuffed desks becomes the site of a Pilgrimesque Thanksgiving. The class spends days churning butter, grinding wheat for bread and making soup before inviting parents to share in the feast.

Not a job, A passion

by Roger Neugebauer in Redmond, WA - USA
[MenTeach: Roger is co-publisher of the magazine Child Care Information Exchange and serves on the World Forum Foundation that is sponsoring the Men in Early Childhood Education Working Forum.]

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