This week’s #TeacherTuesday celebrates Dr. Deaitra Bradley, a K-6 Elementary Reading Specialist at McKinley Elementary School and an Abington Education Association member. Dr. Bradley says, “I’m inspired to lead my classroom every day because I aim for my instruction to provide my students with reading tools that lay the foundation for them to be lifelong learners.” Thank you for your commitment to your students, Dr. Bradley – the gift of reading will open many doors for them!
This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Sean Romano, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Education Association. Sean reflects on his job, saying, “I have the unique opportunity to provide behavior trainings for preschool teachers. It has been incredibly refreshing to hear the positive feedback and changes the teachers plan to make in their classrooms. If I can help them make a difference, it can lead to lasting positive behavior changes across the county.” Thanks for helping our early education professionals across Montgomery County, Sean!
This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Catherine Choi, a first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary and a member of the Abington Education Association. Catherine explains her lifelong love of teaching: “I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in middle school. Teaching gave me a spark of joy and confidence even at such a young age. I always volunteered myself to teach Sunday school and summer school and I enjoyed it so much!” Catherine, we are so glad you turned your love of teaching into a career. Thank you for bringing that joy to your students!
Our #TeacherTuesday this week is Tamika Holland, a first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School and a member of the Abington Education Association. Tamika reflects on the path that brought her to become a teacher – and stay in the profession, saying, “I remember growing up and playing teacher with my Barbies all the time. When I started student teaching, my mentor teacher would tell me that I was a natural. My first year of teaching was sheer bliss and I continue to experience many moments like that with my students every week.“ Your talent for teaching shines through in the classroom, Tamika – thank you for all that you do!
Today’s #TeacherTuesday is Charlene Crawford, a member of the Abington Education Association. Charlene is a first grade teacher at Rydal Elementary who is also a prolific author, whose titles include “The Boy Who Called Wolf retold by the Wolf,” “Number Lake,” “I Love Me,” Lucky the Lady Bug,” and “Adventures with Granny in the Garden.” Charlene’s books may be found in the Abington Library, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Charlene’s writing has been influenced by teaching – particularly “Number Lake.” Her students had a hard time with the concept of greater than, less than, and equal to. “I told my students a story about a fish named Hungary who was always hungry and lived in number lake,” says Charlene. “He opened his mouth to eat the number kelp. Each time he opened his mouth, it was the symbol. He was always hungry so he only opened his mouth for the biggest number. I told this story every year to my students when we got to this concept. One of my curriculum specialists was observing me teach one day and asked about my reference to Hungary. So the students told her the story. She said, ‘That’s a clever story. You should have it published.’ And that was the beginning of my love of writing for younger children.”
When Jules was teaching Government and US History, his experience and knowledge as a former criminal defense attorney and volunteer attorney with the ACLU really came in handy when he taught the US Constitution, in general, and the Bill of Rights in particular.
“Not only was I able to teach the content but how those rights protected all of us in practice, with short blurbs of my experiences,” says Jules. In addition, he served as a local elected official, township commissioner, for 19 years. That experience especially helped in teaching the differences between local, state, and federal government responsibilities and abilities to act on certain issues.
When Jules left teaching due to a disability, he started writing more and more. He writes the book reviews for Sidebar, the quarterly for the Montgomery Bar Association, and his first (hopefully in a series) novel will be published in early 2020. It is titled Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue and it is about an attorney who pursues justice, both inside or outside the law.
Congratulations on your book, Jules, and congratulations for your service to PSEA-Retired!
“I am inspired to teach because I believe that all students can and will achieve success when provided the right tools and support team,” says Ali. “I want to be part of that support team for my students. I want to provide them the tools they need to achieve their goals, as well as teach them how to use those tools. Most importantly, I want my students to know how to advocate for themselves. I believe in empowering my students to speak up for what they need to be successful, not only within the school setting but in all areas of their lives.”
Congratulations on your recognition, Ali, and thank you for starting your students on a successful path to self-advocacy!