Men's Stories

Retired Piermont teacher believes a man's life work speaks more than his race

Clarence Branch Jr.
by Randi Weiner - The Journal News in Piermont, NY USA
Clarence Branch Jr. has been fortunate in his life - enough so that the acts of racial prejudice he encounters still surprise him as much as anger him.

As one of the first black teachers in the South Orangetown schools in the early 1960s, he said he has been welcomed, respected and considered part of the community for as long as he could recall, despite coming to the nearly all-white school district when racial tensions made the news on a nearly daily basis.

Disciplinarian said 'education is the key to success'

John Henry Jackson
by Rev. Ed Anderson LTC (Ret.) US Army in Washington, Georgia - USA
Distinguished African American educator, "Professor" John Henry Jackson was born May 1, 1903, in Wilkes County, Georgia, to Charlie and Hattie Bonner Jackson, a school teacher at Third Shiloh Academy. After attending and graduating from the schools of Washington, he successfully earned a bachelors of science degree in education from Morehouse College of Atlanta in 1927, during the presidency of the eminent educator and scholar, Dr. John Hope.

A woman's world?

by Ashley Rhodebeck - Beloit Daily News in Beloit, WI - USA
Males rare in education's early grades

A teacher like Tom Hamlett is hard to find.

No, the education veteran doesn't perform crazy stunts to get his students' attention, nor does he use a revolutionary teaching method.

So, what sets Hamlett apart from his fellow teachers?

He's male.

Even rarer, he's a man teaching elementary students.

The male minority

by Phyllis Coulter in Bloomington, IL USA
They are a group of men who work in an overwhelmingly female world.

They are used to children forgetting and calling them "Mrs.," they know to check the men's room to make sure no women happen to be in there, and as one put it, "I probably know more about pregnancy than a man should know."

These men also say they have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the world: teaching elementary school.

Men's ability to nurture

Kitt Coxx's grandfather
by Kitt Cox in Massachusetts, USA
Before proceeding with this bit of famly lore, keep in mind that my dad, the late Ronald Kitt Cox, MD (1931- 1976), often prefaced tales of our tribe with the phrase, "any damn fool can tell the truth."

My dad's maternal grandfather, Kitt Connally, was a "troubleshooter" for Standard Oil in the rough and tumble towns of California. KC's wife died at an early age, leaving him two daughters to raise in the crude (pun intended) environment.

From Head Start to Therapist

Chuck West
by Chuck West in Chicago, IL USA
What factors or career paths lead you to work with infants/toddlers? I was looking for a way to get involved in social service. An opening occurred for the local Head Start program as a volunteer coordinator/in-kind solicitor. I applied, was hired, and found out I loved 4-year-olds. The next year they added 3-year-olds, and I was totally hooked. After almost 2 years, I was at work one day when a psychologist who had done some staff development for us called me and asked, "How would you like to play with kids all day and get paid for it?" The rest is history.

Workplace issues for men

Australian Men
by Craig d'Arcy in Australia
The group individually introduced themselves and their reasons for attending. Once again, the issue of Child Protection for male workers was raised. The experienced workers in the group were able to provide some advice and strategies for males to use when in the workplace.

Early educator working with infants

Daniel in Argentina with children #3
by Daniel Brailovsky in Argentina
I'm an early child educator and I work daily with a one-year old group of children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My work as a teacher isn't, however, my unique way of interest in this topic (i.e. the male teachers) I am studying at San Andres University and I'm planning to do my thesis about male teachers in early childhood education.

How long have you been teaching?
I've been teaching since 1996.

Teaching children in a small school

Dave in laos
by David V. Zakem in Laos
The program and school are fantastic. The school is small; about 160 kids on average, preschool through grade 9. We're like a family. I set up the current preschool program replacing a very traditional academic "teacher driven" program. The program now uses much of the criteria by NAEYC combined with my own knowledge of the brain development and learning. I also work to meet the needs of the very diverse population. I am able to put into practice 99% of what I believe should be in a program. I've reached a point where I can do this without any hassle.

My Life As A Child Care Provider: A Mixed Review

by Micheal Kauper in Minneapolis, MN - USA
How It All Began: The first three times I applied for a Family Child Care License, I was told "We don't license men!" So I worked as an un-licensed assistant to a licensed provider. Then we got a male licensing worker. He said "Of course we license men!"

So as far as we know, I was the first man to become a licensed Family Day Care Provider in Minnesota. That was about 1975.