A Bird in the Hand

Simon was one of several Chinese students I taught at a private school thirty years ago. We became very close. He once referred to me as his Canadian dad. Although I was his chemistry teacher, he taught me many things. One afternoon he showed me how to make two origami figures, one of which was… Continue reading A Bird in the Hand

Jump the Gun Part 2

Jump the Gun Part 2 …… continued from March 11 He WAS telling the truth, and I had just sent him out into the woods where there was an angry guy with a loaded handgun. I hurried into the staffroom and contacted the town police. A short while later, a constable arrived and Calvin retold… Continue reading Jump the Gun Part 2

Jump the Gun Part 1

Jump the Gun   Part 1 It was a beautiful spring day and a Saturday. I was the master-on-duty at Rothesay-Netherwood, a private boarding and day school located outside Saint John. One of my senior rugby players was on gates. (Ref: Out on a Limb, Feb 3). Bottom-line, he was required to report to the duty… Continue reading Jump the Gun Part 1

Up in Smoke?

Up in Smoke? It was my first year teaching at Rothesay-Netherwood, a private boarding and day school located outside Saint John. I taught all the chemistry and physics courses, together with a section of grade 10 math. I also worked with the school’s army cadet corps and coached rugby. It was a beautiful fall day… Continue reading Up in Smoke?

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