Not a word was Spoken

Not a word was Spoken Around 1990, the Amherst School for the Deaf started a pilot program which saw its high school students integrated into their regular, home high school. I was teaching at Kennebecasis Valley High at the time and had the good fortune of having Sarah in my homeroom and period 1 class… Continue reading Not a word was Spoken

The Herdmans Part 5-2

. . . . . . . . . . . . . continued from Feb 19 With my hands above my head, I started to giggle. Billy opened the door again and yelled, “The principal’s laughing at me.” I put my hands down. “Billy, I am not laughing at you, I am laughing at… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 5-2

The Herdmans Part 5-1

The Herdmans Part 5-1 Billy was not having a good start to the day. When he exited the bus it was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind to go to class. The intervention worker (IW) walked with him to the conference room. She would sit with him and talk and,… Continue reading The Herdmans Part 5-1

We DO Make a Difference – Part 3

We DO Make a Difference – Part 3  It was September 16, 2002. The reason I remember the date will become apparent later. That evening, the phone rang. I hadn’t been home for too long. The voice on the other end was Bernie’s. She was calling me from Alberta, 3000 miles away. It had been… Continue reading We DO Make a Difference – Part 3

We DO make a Difference – Part 2

We DO Make a Difference – PART 2 It was over a year later and I hadn’t heard any news about Bernice. I thought of her from time to time and hoped that she was finding her way. One afternoon her mother called me at school. She told me that Bernie was applying to be… Continue reading We DO make a Difference – Part 2

We DO make a Difference – Part 1

We DO make a Difference – PART 1 It wasn’t long after I arrived at Macdonald Consolidated that I met Bernice. She was a middle school student with attitude. During my time as principal she won the Most Contemptuous Middle School Student award, hands-down. It wasn’t until later that I figured out where the anger… Continue reading We DO make a Difference – Part 1

Standardized Tests

Bob Cockburn was my university rugby coach. U.N.B. didn’t have the biggest team in the league but we more than made up for it in fitness. Having a fit team was one of his trademarks. He believed that in order to be ready to play against other teams, practices had to be harder than games… Continue reading Standardized Tests

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb I started my teaching career in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. It was a great three years, but after the birth of our daughter we decided that we wanted to be closer to home. The first job offer I had was to teach sciences and math at Rothesay-Netherwood School back in New Brunswick.… Continue reading Out on a Limb