Even though I’m Deleting Facebook, Let’s Keep in Touch!

As I’ve mentioned on my blog and on Facebook, I’m deleting my Facebook account on my birthday in a matter of days. But I want to keep in touch with everyone, and I want you to be able to easily keep in touch with me. So, here are some easy ways for us to stay in touch. Ways to Keep… Continue reading

Cobb County School District, I Am Ashamed of Your Choice

I am an educator who was proud to have served for decades as both a teacher and an administrator in the Cobb County School District. I served your mission, your board of education, and multiple CCSD school communities with loyalty, dedication to educational excellence, and the hard work those duties require. I was proud to work among the finest and… Continue reading

Arm Teachers? – An Educator Speaks Out

A Little Background Setup I spent my professional life as an educator and an education consultant in public, private, parochial, military and embassy schools around the USA and the world. I would like to believe that I touched the lives of many, many people in positive ways that empowered them. I worked in public schools that diligently served immensely challenged… Continue reading

Ok. Time Out Is Now Over

You can come out and play with the big boys again as long as you promise to play nice! From time to time on my blog I have blathered on about the racism, homophobia, and blatant misogyny found at Bob Jones “University.” But foolish me: You don’t shame religious bigots and hypocrites. They proudly wear the derision of the sane… Continue reading

Attention GA Educators

Betsy DeVos is not a friend of public education. She wants to privatize public schools! Think your job is difficult now? Wait until you’re working for a corporation that is driven by profits and not students! The expectation at this time is that Betsy DeVos will get enough votes to become Secretary of Education. But I hear that key Republican… Continue reading

Attention All Educators

It’s taken me a long time to do the research, write the articles, and then shoot the videos. But I’m unveiling them today. This is very important information for my colleagues around the world. If you are an educator, you need to know this. You need to take action! For my colleagues in Georgia: The expectation at this time is… Continue reading

Memories of An Educator: The Presence

This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading

The Childhood Challenges of Growing Up

One day, while I was teaching a middle school music class, a student began playing with a small plastic toy on his desk, a Dominos Pizza Noid1. One was not allowed to do such in my class. This interaction between the student and me began: “You need to put him away, or I’m going to have to take him. And… Continue reading

I Hope You Say “Yes”

Classroom Management1 After reconnecting with a former student yesterday, I began thinking back on my last years as a classroom teacher. I recall several other amazing students, and wonder what has become of them. I especially recall one guy, Andy, a sixth grader. All of the teachers who taught him (and I mean they all chimed in) said he was… Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading