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Start With Hello Week with Sandy Hook Promise

Start With Hello Week with Sandy Hook Promise

SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs are a place for students to show their leadership, creativity, and passion for protecting their friends, schools, and communities from violence before it happens. Established and led by students, the National Youth Advisory Board consists of high school SAVE members from across the country. In celebration of Start With Hello

Renowned Volleyball Coach Finds True Calling in STEM

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Tina Garrett, STEM Coordinator, Garland Independent School District, Texas Some teachers are born into education; they come from a family of educators and never really could see themselves becoming anything but a teacher. Others are inspired into education; they had a teacher who was so inspirational and so

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Teaching Is All in the Family for This Rock Hill Educator

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Queenie Hall, Rock Hill Schools, SC Queenie Hall tried not to go into education. Sure, her mom was a teacher for more than 40 years and her sister was an educator. But Queenie wanted a different path. She majored in communications, did a lot of internships, and got

A Broken Calculator Led This Future Actuary to a Career in Education

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Mark Schommer, D.C. Everest Area School District, Wisconsin Mark Schommer was planning to be an actuary, until a broken calculator changed his life. Schommer was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. It was the day of his Calculus 2 final, and he was hurrying across

Why This Career Corrections Officer Went Back to Middle School

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Michael Pillsbury, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC) For more than 15 years, Michael Pillsbury was paid to put people in prison or make sure they stayed there. And it was that experience that led him to become a teacher. First he served as a member of the Army’s military police,

How a Random Encounter With an Airport Cleaning Lady Changed This Teacher’s Destination

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Chris Layton, Oak Ridge Schools (TN) Chris Layton had hit the wall. After seven years of teaching, the long hours, late nights, and stress had caught up to him. He was ready to do something else, so he left the school system and took a job as

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