Mission

“Our Children…New Year 2017”

Be the voice for our children...
Be the voice for our children…
Hillary Clinton advocate for children's right to a strong public education...
Hillary Clinton… advocate for ¬†our children’s right to a strong public education..

Blessings for the New Year 2014

Be open for our truth that all children’s voices must¬†be heard…

 

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All Children need a leader that will provide them with a strong Public School Education..

It is extremely frustrating and challenging for me to accept ¬†that in this brand new year,¬† with the election¬†over, President Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos will be Secretary of Education…She has never been a proponent of public schools… Her focus will be on privatization and school vouchers for school choice…This choice for all children will be catastrophic for most children who rely on public schools!

Dedicating my professional life to teaching in our public schools… I know from first hand experience¬†what¬†such an impact¬†will have, ¬†when public schools ¬†lose ¬†resources affecting our children…

Just like it was yesterday; back in the Nineties when Jeb Bush was our governor right here in Florida. It was the beginning of privatization¬† with school vouchers…”The no child Left Behind” Act began, making testing and accountability priorities… School vouchers and charter schools taking¬† monies and resources available to our children and public schools….We were required teaching¬† a¬†more sophisticated curriculum that has been characterized developmentally inappropriate,¬†¬†with fewer resources…And we teachers evaluated unfairly and blamed for the failures in our public schools…

This loss of necessary revenues has led to overcrowded classrooms, fewer specialized teachers helping our children with issues impacting their learning… We even have had school closings¬†that have caused these overcrowded classrooms with longer bus rides for our children…

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President Obama signing Elementary and Secondary Act on December 10, 2015…

We must thank President Obama for realizing our public schools needed his involvement… We have been dealing with those many challenges imposed from the Bush era…And this act was to put more emphasis on children in those young years, when learning is crucial to a child’s foundation…

Having taught many children from ¬†impoverished homes… Knowing how ¬†they¬† come to school hungry for what public schools ¬†have to offer…Their families are just surviving, and it has been ¬†up to dedicated teachers providing them with the necessary tools to be successful… a hope for a better future…

What saddens me is that we as a Country could have made a difference for our children… I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for Hillary in Flagler County, in Florida… a predominately Republican County… I met wonderful volunteers who worked along with me to make that difference… We made calls and knocked on doors… Meeting wonderful people in our community who wanted a better tomorrow… Even with those who did not see the future as we see for our children…

And now we are left with a future very uncertain for our children and public schools… My hope is that we will realize what is right for our children before our public schools become severely affected…

 

 

 

 

Mission, Reflections

School Spirit…

With the beginning of a new school year, and the start of a second year since my retiring…I can reflect those many wonderful memories I hold onto…

The one I do hold dearly is that all through my forty plus years in my career as a teacher…I can truly appreciate my children allowing me such a wonderful platform where my unique sense of drama and creative talents allowed me to utilize my spirit in my teaching…

In these present challenging times with fewer resources and many demands of teaching ; even after these many years; It was the children’s love and innocence that ¬†provided me the passion to inspire them with my enthusiasm; my strong sense of ¬†spirit…They gave me a wonderful audience where I was able ¬†to utilize ¬†my sense of drama and creativity to make each day unique… I ¬†now must happily recognize these essential components to my success, as a teacher…

It was always my goal to find the ¬†fun… And now, I can recollect ¬†those moments of fun a teacher¬†shares with his or her children… Through this captive audience, my children allowed me to keep¬†my spirit alive…Keeping “the child in me alive”…

When I first began teaching in the early “Seventies”, I was young and fresh; our ¬†curriculum allowed ¬†time for the¬†fun…We got to bake more often…Play and theater was a big part of the day…I myself enjoyed the opportunity to use drama in the classroom… I felt like I was playing a role, putting on a performance…to engage with the children…Never a dull moment…Each day was a new beginning….The years flew….

Teaching children of today, has ¬†certainly become much more serious, ¬†many more challenges, many more demands…Children needed ¬†more from me than the “play”, ¬†they needed mr to be a positive,strong role model… I ¬†was then able to incorporate to utilize “my spirit to gain their attention…even managing behavior issues…

For many, I was ¬†their ¬†one positive constant in their lives… With my drama and creative spirit, ¬†I was able to reach them, even for that moment…Hopefully touching their lives forever…

 

 

 

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Mission, Reflections, Thoughts About Children

Politics in the Classroom..

Having taught back in the early seventies, post Civil Rights Movement and ¬†having the most important opportunity teaching all children especially those that were mainstreamed from¬†our society that practiced segregation …I¬† can remember just like it was yesterday,¬†¬†entering¬†into teaching with¬†such passion that reflected my¬†idealism and hope…As I do speak for myself; ¬†many of my colleagues felt as I did…

I can even remember entering¬†the classroom for the very first time, summer of…1970…doing my first field experience in preparation for my becoming a teacher….

I was going to “Change the World”…And “Make¬†that Difference”!

The political climate of the Seventies¬†was definitely pro education…It was more than just rhetoric… Federal programs such as Head Start with¬†such a¬†strong emphasis on¬†early childhood education and Title I programs that assisted those children who struggled¬†with their learning…were being funded and implemented…

Parenting groups also began at this time, ¬†providing such educational and informative workshops for those parents who needed support and encouragement; ¬†Hopefully in the end, becoming more knowledgeable and ¬†involved in the educational needs of their child…And I too, even¬†had the wonderful¬†opportunity to be involved with…

I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of this history; fueling¬†my passion for saving children …So much so ,¬†that¬†most of my forty years have been in primary education…

Over twenty five years as a first grade teacher, of which ten of those years, teaching children that were not on grade level…

¬†This¬†¬†political climate of pro funding¬†continued through the Eighties … However by the early Nineties there was a most definite shift…¬†… the result from the direction of our politics¬†right here in Florida, under¬†the Governorship of¬†Jeb Bush.¬†.. Sadly, his politics encouraged the privatization of education, detrimentally affecting our children with the… “No Child Left Behind”¬†Movement…And I as many feel the beginning of Public Education’s struggles….

Public Education was most definitely¬†not a top priority any more…We¬†teachers¬†felt this in our classroom everyday… We¬†had to deal with the strain of ¬†more standardized tests, and more¬†biased¬†accountability…¬†¬†This was now¬† the beginnings of vouchers and the privatization of ¬†education…Our children were now¬† feeling¬† this emphasis, more demands and¬† less resources…We ¬†teachers, feeling so unappreciated…and devalued…And more than ever the blame with all the reasons schools¬†were failing…

“Our children were being left behind”…¬†

My first twenty years flew by so…Teaching was such a joy…

However, through the Nineties, and into this New Millennium with the demands and ¬†fewer resources due to this political shift…Society’s politics has impacted families thus affecting our children… Children¬†are now coming in to school less prepared…More of our children live in poverty¬†and have emotional and physical issues…¬†…And we teachers with all our creative talents have such unrealistic demands…Our classrooms are micromanaged and we are being assessed on how proficient we are…We educators have always¬†felt being accountable is extremely essential…Children deserve the best… However we¬†are not being assessed fairly due to the limits placed on¬†with testing and¬†collecting data… Many teach in overcrowded classrooms and fewer resources at our disposal….

How will the Politics of Today play out? …Thanks to President Obama¬†Passing…The¬†Every Child Succeeds¬†Act, no child will be left behind‚Ķ

Some of the rhetoric has been ecouraging fewer tests and even giving recess back to children….

I feel this can be a fresh start, and we may be going ¬†back to a time in History… the politics of the Seventies when all our children were important…We must prioritize funding Public Education for all our children…

 

 

Mission, Reflections, Thoughts About Children

“Letting Go”…

I am now in the final weeks of my career as a public school teacher…ūüćé

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Reflecting on my thirty-eight years; I have taught so many children from grades ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade; dating back from 1972, up to the present.. I even had a wonderful opportunity teaching a college seminar for beginning teachers at the University of Florida, while on a sabbatical working on an advanced course work in counseling education…

I feel so blessed…touching the lives of so many children….

I did have to retire briefly for five years due to my health…However, I still was able to advocate for children in the court system during that time as a Guardian ad Litem…

Teaching, being an advocate for children has been my lifetime passion…

I have such mixed feelings about my retirement…

It is my strong belief that I am leaving at a time our bright intelligent children, especially those from poverty, who souly rely on our public education system are not being adequately represented…Our priorities for children are hindered by an emphasis on testing and collection of data…Our schools that teach children from challenging homes have fewer resources making teachers such as myself overwhelmed and devalued by being micromanaged…And making all this even more difficult;
fewer strong, young, professional teachers will no longer commit to such a rewarding career...

For this I have such regret…

As for myself…I will always feel the need to advocate for our children, and their right to a strong free public education…
And know that I really did make a difference!

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Reflections, Thoughts About Children

Begin Again…

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Summer will soon be over for me, as I always like to start back early to set up my classroom…

Starting¬†back earlier than the required time, gives me the much needed time to plan, organize, and utilize my creativity hoping to make it a “great year”…

I have found through my many years of experience;

Setting up a well organized classroom is fundamentally crucial to the success of the beginning of a new school year…

Supplies are essential, and I do hope my new students will be able to contribute…However, because our school has such a diverse population, I do realize, and understand many will not be able to help…We teachers do receive a small ¬†budget, so in order to provide for our children, we do have to pay for much of our supplies out of our own pocket…

I can always hope after the many years of teaching, we would have the necessary funding and support for our precious children and our public education system…

I do love utilizing my creativity in decorating the classroom…I do believe a classroom, especially with young children, should be warm and inviting…one that will inspire
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My hope is to have such a classroom, even with all the rigors and demands…My children will want to learn, and want to return each and every day!