What I love – and hate – about prom

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March 27, 2014  
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     I loved some things about prom when I was a principal early in my career.      I loved seeing how hard juniors and their teacher sponsors worked to transform a plain banquet hall into a magical, glittering place.      I loved... Read more »

The story my daddy loved to tell

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August 20, 2013  
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     My daddy loved to tell the story of my first day of school.      Loved to tell how he came home from work that night and asked me, “Gene, how was school today?”      Loved to tell how I stood there, looked up at him and... Read more »

The dream we all share

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August 31, 2012  
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     Morgan doesn’t look too happy in the photo. He’s wearing a long-sleeve dress shirt and tie – and shorts.      And Michael? He has sort of a why-do-I-have-to-do-this look on his face.      They’re sitting side-by-side,... Read more »

A car ride that changes my life

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May 8, 2012  
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     A week after I graduate from high school, I’m in Coach Randolph Potts’ car on the way to Wingate.      We’re going to meet with the college’s president – and I’m pretty nervous.      I’d always figured I’d... Read more »

He shaped my vision of what an educator should be

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August 15, 2011  
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     The taps on his wingtips clicking on the hardwood floor of his classroom – one sound I’ll never forget from that first day in his class.      And how professional he looked – not just that first day — but every day.      Or... Read more »

Talking math to children a must

February 21, 2011  
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     Research proves the importance of “talking math” to young children.      The more you talk numbers to young children, the better their math skills will be.      In fact, research seems to indicate that unless we talk... Read more »

The more parents talk to babies, the better the children will do in school

January 12, 2011  
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     Children will do significantly better in school if their parents spend lots of time talking with them before the children reach three years old — that’s the finding of a 10-year study of how parents’ interaction with young children affects the children’s... Read more »

REVIEW: Crank – a book you can’t put down

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September 23, 2010 • Laney Lyles, Lancaster High Junior  
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One line. Good. Two lines. Feeling great. Three lines. Gone. Four lines. No sleep tonight for Kristina – no, she’s Bree…NO! She’s Kristina Or is she Bree? The monster screams “Bree!” as she fights for Kristina Georgia to push through. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, is a thrilling fiction story... Read more »

Touching lives in powerful ways

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August 12, 2010  
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     I click onto the funeral home’s Guest Book, curious to see how many of Mr. Winnie Leaphart’s former students have logged in.      And as soon as the Guest Book comes up, I see I’m not the only former student who believes Mr. Leaphart touched... Read more »