September 8, 2003 |
In Trudy Hanrahan's world, libraries double as chicken farms and octopus and lobster live in harmony. It's a welcomed insanity that Hanrahan transfers onto the four walls of her classroom, where entire worlds collide and make true the notion that an imagination can take you anywhere. "I love this stuff," said Hanrahan, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Hanrahan is among a breed of teachers who turn the sterile classroom into a cacophony of colors and characters that encourages young minds to think.
June 15, 1999 |
Karen Barbagello was a second-grade teacher when she was asked 11 years ago to consider working with children with special needs. She answered "Yes," and is still following what she says is a special calling. "I felt like when I got that phone call, even before I hung up, I knew I was leaving regular education," Barbagello said. "I've never regretted my decision. " Barbagello is a primary teacher at St. Katherine Day School, a Philadelphia Archdiocese school for children ages 4 to 21 with mental retardation.
September 29, 1994 |
When many people think of their first loves, they smile at the distant memory and then go about their daily lives. But Cedarbrook Middle School Principal Joseph K. Cifelli embraces his first love every day. Between 9 and 9:45 every morning, instead of attending meetings, disciplining students and pushing papers, Cifelli is in a classroom, teaching a life-science course for 30 seventh graders. "The interaction with the kids, watching them grow and develop and seeing them learn something that I love, is an overwhelmingly rewarding thing to do," he said while seated at a round table filed with science magazine articles.
June 24, 2008 |
Without context, the security camera footage is a snoozer, a second-by-second account of life in an elementary school's corridors. On one length of tape, backpack-laden students and teachers just arriving for school are on the way to homeroom. On another, students are headed to the library around lunchtime. But to Warminster Det. David Bonacquisti, the tape is solid evidence that Susan Romanyszyn is not only a liar, but the person behind nine days of terrorizing notes left throughout Longstreth Elementary School last year.
December 14, 1997 |
The township's school district, which already has one computer for every five students, will be lowering that ratio a little more. Starting next fall, West Deptford schools will receive almost $130,000 - $40 per child - for the next five years from the state Department of Education's Distance Learning Funding Project to buy computers. The 3,000-student district plans to buy 200 new computers, assuring that every classroom in its five schools, as well as each office in its administration building, has one. West Deptford already has 600 computers in various school laboratories and school libraries.
September 3, 1995 |
For 27 sixth graders here, the first day of school Wednesday will be a school first. In contrast to a class that separates special-education students from others, this new class at the Herma S. Simmons Elementary School will bring sixth graders of all abilities in front of one chalkboard. "You and I don't go shopping at the regular-education Acme instead of the special-education Acme," said school principal Jay Dugan. "So in reality, why do we separate when that's not what happens in life?"
June 17, 1993 |
Ruth Carver envisions a classroom without walls. An educational environment where students are linked to the world outside, and to schools hundreds of miles away, by high-tech computer networks. A classroom of the future. For Carver, that future may be coming soon. Last week, the Flourtown mathematics teacher was one of three Pennsylvania teachers chosen by Gov. Casey to take part in an experimental project established this year by American Telephone & Telegraph Corp.
May 13, 1999 |
Marvin Sewell ran from his academic responsibilities for two years. Then he decided he just wanted to run. "I thought I was the man and I didn't have to do nothing. It was all fun and games," said Sewell, a Pennsauken senior. "I wanted to run track, and that led to a push in school. " The push in the classroom is nearly as impressive as his fluid strides and impressive speed, which carried him to the 800-meter title April 30 at the South Jersey Track and Field Carnival.
February 13, 1998 |
Flashing in front of the player on the left wing, yet maintaining textbook defensive position, Eric DeSheilds knocks the pass away, scoops up the ball, and races in for a layup. That one steal epitomizes the senior shooting guard's rise from obscure reserve to indispensable player. If the Colonial Conference gave a most-improved player award, DeSheilds would be tough to beat. His play has allowed West Deptford to give chase to a conference title. At 11-3 in the Colonial entering last night's action, West Deptford was just a half-game out of first.
February 25, 1996
Read through thousands of essays by students asked to evaluate their education, and you see one phrase repeated more than any other: School is boring. There is some elaboration, of course: Teachers just talk, don't care. Rowdy kids disrupt class. Subject matter isn't relevant. Tests are busy work. Grades mean nothing (or everything). Rules don't make sense and aren't fairly applied. On the surface, none of this grumbling might strike an adult as terribly unusual or meaningful; who among us didn't think school was more chore than delight?