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Back to School Fall 2020… ???

Who would have believed that the beginning of this…

New Year… New Decade

A virus would have stopped life as we know it?

In the past…We have always relied on our leaders guiding us through the many challenges we have endured …

Yet…. Today, we are in such a delemma of whom do we trust…

When, at the present, we have a president who lacks wisdom and empathy;

Who only seeks self adoration…

And…Moreover lies to cover up his inadequacies…

In fact…

Does not provide the required care for our children, and their struggling families… Allowing them to suffer without governmental resources; to alleviate their hunger and to provide adequate healthcare, and the necessary funding for their public education …


Even…having our immigrant children still being locked in cages…

Today now, more than ever we must make those necessary decisions to do what is right…especially for these lives who are struggling…

First, we must …

Adhere to the recommendations from the scientific community and medical experts …

Especially in the decisions about …how and when our schools should open in the Fall…

Moreover…

Will our schools be safe to open this Fall???

I so worry for young children…

Even with the challenges of virtual learning at home….Many parents and teachers… worry as well…

We have not flattened the curve!

…. And the more we loosen restrictions it will only get worse…

It would be extremely impossible to require young children to be socially distant…

Movement and play are part of their development…Not to mention keeping schools strictly free of germs….

Teachers and staff would have an impossible task…to protect our precious children…

We must do right for those who need our protection…

….This is a defining moment…

We must vote November 3rd, for a leader who has Heart and experience with Leadership!!!

Use this defining moment….To do what is right…
Stay safe…

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Thank You… Teachers…

Our World…has virtually changed due to this Coronavirus Pandemic…that began as far back in January…

Since mid March we have shut our communities down… except for essential work…

Our children have not been going to their respective schools… Relying on their learning from computers with parent and teacher support…

And now we are beginning the month of May….After great dissonance from parents, teachers and schools here in Florida, our governor will maintain the stay at home order for children to remain home the rest of this school year… assisted by virtual learning and home schooling…

In addition….although our state will slowly be opening …even though we are still not really flattening the curve….Many of our children’s lives have been impacted greatly…

With less restrictions in place… the challenge of how to control this most catastrophic virus…Will there be some relief?

Parents and teachers trying to meet those most challenging of circumstances…
Balancing life as it is now…

We do have an opportunity to keep this virus under control if we adhere to being socially distanced and staying at home…

My hope for the future is to listen to the scientists along with the medical field…

We as a people must vote by mail for a president that cares…and who will lead… Tuesday November 3…Vote for Joe Biden…He will be that leader with a heart…

Our Children’s future is definitely depending on us doing the right thing!!!


A Better…Tomorrow!!!


Hope…

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My Dearest…Mary

Mary and Me… Celebrating Mary’s 100th birthday!!!

Mary Towers has been an inspiration to both; my professional and personal life…

Our story begins when I was hired by Mr. Bill Irby, principal of Alachua Elementary School, in Alachua, Florida; in the fall of nineteen seventy-three… I was hired for a paraprofessional position…

Before then, I had been a beginning teacher at Browning Pearce Elementary, in Palatka, Florida… traveling ninety miles daily… Alachua Elementary was fifteen miles from my home; so I accepted this position… I was assigned to tutor first grade students who needed extra support…Hoping that if a teaching position would become available…I would be hired…

Mary was one of the five teachers I was to assist in an open classroom; Learning Community A… LCA, as it was called; housed five classrooms, four of which were first grade and one was kindergarten; with over one hundred students separated only by partitions…I was to be placed with my small group, in the middle of this very large room divided by furniture and mobile chalkboards… Believe it or not, it it was not all that noisy…

On my very first day, I will never forget how I met Mary… I was walking through the unit, being introduced by the team leader, Chris Hirsch, to the teachers of the team in LCA… Mary being one of them, was very busy with a particular student…A little girl in her class was in the bathroom dealing with intestinal worms, and Mary was taking care of this most challenging situation…How impressed I was by how Mary was managing such a situation …

It was then, after a year, my wish came true…I did get reassigned to teach a first grade class!

And then, opening up the very next year in nineteen and seventy-five; one of the most special of my teaching opportunities opened up!

I was to team with Mary Towers, a professional relationship lasting nine years…. ending in 1984…when Mary retired…

This special opportunity arose in the summer of seventy-five, when Mr.Irby, offered me a co-teaching position with Mary, in a newly federally funded, early childhood education program called ECPC… The Early Childhood Preventative Curriculum Program...

This innovative program was designed as an intervention for diverse, young children who were screened in kindergarten, exhibiting difficulties with their learning…

This center based program was designed with no more than sixteen students, assisted by a full-time aide who would be responsible for the reinforcement associated with specific activities; that would build upon the deficits, diagnostically determined through pre and post tests through the child’s auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning styles…

Mary and I each had our own group of children assisted by our full time aide.. Our class was housed within the large classroom in LCA…which now had mobilized walls separating each of the five classrooms; providing the children less distractions…

Our morning time was devoted to four specific centers that incorporated the curriculum:

Reading; Follow Up Reading, and Language Arts activities: Listening; and last “Willy Worm” an aide directed center with specific activities prescribed by the pre and post testing…

The reading curriculum utilized, the Sullivan Programmed Readers…a successful program of the time…. teaching children decoding skills in reading context within a linguistic progression of sound-symbol relationships...

Teaching those nine years with Mary really flew by!!…Sadly both our Team and ECPC Program ended with Mary’s retirement... Mary and I can look back and be quite proud of what our children accomplished from the Early Childhood Preventative Curriculum Program…

Many of our children went on to have successful lives; some going into local politics and a few playing collegiate and professional football…

Mary made this for me…when she retired…1984….

June 5, 1984…..Mary’s Retirement…

As I have reflect on our years together, this special relationship provided me the knowledge and experiences I learned from teaching with Mary…enabling me to evolve into a strong teacher…

Not only has Mary been such an influence on me professionally…Personally, Mary has been a guiding support even more so…

Having lost my mother when I was a senior in high school…I always felt a little lost…Mary was close in age to what my mother’s age would have been…And having such a warm connection with Mary…I always believed my mother, placed Mary in my life for a special reason…I have felt blessed to have Mary in my corner for these forty plus years…

Through the many years I have learned so much about Mary’s beautiful family; especially now that her husband’s recent passing,..Her four children never leave her side…

Mary will be one hundred this year, and she still lives in the same house that she and her husband built after World War II; on land that has been in her family for generations … There are always family gatherings with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and close friends …

What I dearly appreciate truly about Mary is about service and sacrifice, pertaining to her husband Frank Towers ….their story; how they met and married during World War II…Frank was a true hero of the War…He was a commissioned officer in the 30th Infantry Division during the Invasion at Normandy and helped in the liberation of the Jewish Holocaust survivors on a train from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp….

Mary was still actively involved in my life even in her early nineties…The years passing we have kept our special lunches just to keep in touch…

Then when I began teaching at Idylwild in 20O7…She and her husband offered to assist me in my move to be closer to Idylwild…Utilizing their large van and Frank’s technological skills….with my computer…

Mary would even volunteer in my classroom…I so loved and appreciated her help…

She did so much: she would help any child that needed assistance with their math or reading; at home she would make all the children flash cards for reading practice; bring in much needed school supplies; make our individual math packets…
Our children and Idywild loved her…And in 2011 Idywild nominated Mary for “Volunteer of the Year…

With my retirement in 2015…I have moved to Palm Coast, to be closer to the ocean…

I am still loving and appreciating Mary…

And… so looking forward to coming back to Gainesville; spring and fall…celebrating our friendship with our special lunch dates…

Thank you Dearest…Mary♥️

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My Mission…

I have always believed giving all our children the opportunity for a strong, public school education;

Educating children gives them a “POWER” from within…that which provides them the ability to grow and change…
It is my belief “Children all over the World“.. should have that opportunity…

Children are the future….They will carry on our history…

It is a moral responsibility to instill this knowledge into their lives to further our civilization for the betterment of mankind…

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