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Virtual Students Count

Originally published in The Winchester News Gazette – October 22, 2019 Indiana is a Count Day state. For the virtual students at Indiana Digital, that day was also about how much they count.  Virtual students face unique challenges in their lives that can be hard on a student’s self-confidence. I wanted them to know their […]

Teachers have important roles, no matter what side of the world they’re on

Originally published in The State – October 23, 2019 No matter where you are or where we come from, we all have the capacity to help someone else. As a health science teacher, my mission is to educate the next generation. So when an opportunity came up to travel to Micronesia and train nurses, I jumped […]

Teaching matters

Originally published in The Post and Courier – October 16, 2019 No matter where we are or where we come from, we all have the capacity to help someone else. As a health science teacher, my mission is to educate the next generation. So when an opportunity came up to travel to Micronesia and train […]

T-shirt story a reminder about creativity

Originally published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel – September 22, 2019 Like so many others across the state, I was shocked and disappointed when I heard that a young Florida student was recently bullied by his classmates. The reason? He drew a University of Tennessee logo and attached it to his orange shirt for his school’s […]

3 things I wish I knew my first year of teaching

Originally published in eSchool News – October 3, 2019 Each year, more than 3.7 million teachers step into the classroom. For most, the first day of school marks an annual return. But for thousands of teachers, this will be their first year leading a class of their very own. And standing in front of a room full […]

Important to strengthen social studies curriculums

Originally published in Pine Bluff Commercial – September 18, 2019 Editor, The Commercial: With so many forms of communication available to us today, one would think that we communicate in a more meaningful way. But in fact, it seems like the opposite is true. For example, some studies and experts suggest that social media “lessens the […]

Reach full potential

Originally published in Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – September 27, 2019 My goal as a teacher is to help my students foster confidence and reach their full potential regardless of their academic and personal challenges. Many students with learning challenges like dyslexia at times struggle to keep pace with their peers in the classroom. This […]

Career readiness

Originally published in The Hendersonville Times-News – September 23, 2019 Right now, thousands of students across South Carolina are settling into college and campus life. Unfortunately, many of them don’t know what to major in because they don’t know what they’re passionate about. I think there’s a way to help our students succeed in college […]

Keep students engaged to help them thrive

Originally published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch – September 14, 2019 Students today have so many distractions — social media, binge-watching and texting, to name just a few. In order to help reduce these distractions, my daily goal as a teacher is to get and keep them engaged. One of the most important ways I do […]

Strong support key to success at MGLVA

Originally published in the Manistee News Advocate – September 20, 2019 Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) head of school Kendall Schroeder will be the first one to admit that in the school’s student body of 3,125 there are many who need assistance in their academic pursuits. However, seven years after coming into existence and […]