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November 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine McCollum Mattson, 71, of Glassboro, an English teacher for more than two decades at Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, died of a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 8, at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in Camden and Pleasantville and earned a bachelor's in 1964 and later a master's, both in English, at what is now Rowan University. Mrs. Mattson taught at Washington Township High School in Sewell before beginning her Overbrook career in the early 1970s, her husband Charlie said.
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November 19, 1987 | By Dale Mezzacappa, Inquirer Staff Writer
An English teacher of handicapped students who challenges them both physically and intellectually - coaching a basketball team as well as finding students jobs after graduation - last night was named 1987 Teacher of the Year in the Philadelphia School District. Louis Marino, who teaches high school students at the Josephine D. Widener Memorial School at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, was chosen from 35 semifinalists. He received a check for $5,000 during the "Celebration of Excellence" awards ceremony at the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel.
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December 10, 1998 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph M. Bonner, 58, a longtime English teacher at Ocean City High School, died Saturday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia while awaiting a donor for a heart transplant. He had suffered a heart attack in November. He had lived in Tuckahoe since 1971. He previously resided in Ocean City, and he was born and raised in Paulsboro, where he graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1957. Mr. Bonner had taught English at Ocean City High School for the last 37 years. He also taught journalism classes, and he was the longtime adviser of the Billows, the high school's award-winning student newspaper.
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August 11, 2000 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Leroy C. Washington, 51, a retired Paulsboro High School teacher, was found dead in his Penns Grove home Saturday. The Salem County Prosecutor's Office has indicated that Mr. Washington's death was a homicide, but has released no details about the cause of his death. He had lived in the Penns Grove area for most of his life, and was born in Camden. Mr. Washington taught English at Paulsboro High for 29 years before retiring several months ago. "He had real energy and enthusiasm, and he would do things with a flair," principal Walter C. Quint said.
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October 13, 1998 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Frances Sandanna Nye Peterson, a retired teacher who had lived in Newtown Square until July, died Oct. 4 at Little Flower Manor nursing home in Wilkes-Barre after suffering a stroke. Mrs. Peterson retired in 1976 as head of the Marple Newtown High School English department after teaching there 16 years. She was born in Harrisburg and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School there and Lock Haven University in 1949. She earned a master's degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and later attended Yale University, the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania.
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April 6, 1987 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A couple of weeks ago, the Harlem Globetrotters flashed into Philadelphia for an exhibition of tricky dribbling, passing, shooting and dunking before an appreciative crowd at the Spectrum. Wining and dining with the Globetrotters as a special guest before the show was Dave Light, an English teacher at Downingtown High School who, with his blond hair and blue eyes, wispy mustache and impish grin, looks anything but what he dreams of becoming - a Globetrotter. In their long and storied history, the Globetrotters have had only two white players.
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August 4, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William C. Brobst, 72, an English teacher at Upper Darby High School from 1960 until he retired in 1998, died of complications from lung cancer Saturday, July 30, at his home in Upper Darby. Born in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Mr. Brobst graduated from Ringtown (Pa.) High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor's degree in English at Muhlenberg College in Allentown in 1960 and a master's in education at Temple University in 1965. Mr. Brobst was yearbook adviser at Upper Darby High from 1965 to 1975 and program coordinator for the English department there from 1987 to 1998.
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June 27, 1996 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Arthur Ferner, 88, an English teacher and educator whose South Jersey career spanned five decades, died last Thursday at his home in the Birchwood Lakes section of Medford. His teaching career started in Western Pennsylvania in 1929. Mr. Ferner taught English and chaired the department at Collingswood High School from 1936 to 1959. In 1960, he moved to the Willingboro School District, first as a teacher-administrator and then as the first principal of the former John F. Kennedy High School.
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November 11, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE FOG went unnoticed at first, creeping into the English teacher's classroom slowly, year after year. It dulled her passion for teaching and clouded the connection she'd made with students in her younger days. Eventually, it made her lose sight of herself. Amid the fog, one 16-year-old student began to shine like a beacon. To hear her tell it, he had a cutting intellect, different from the teens she'd taught before. He could be cruel to her in front of his classmates. He kept her on her toes.
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July 9, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
Edward O. "Ted" Shakespeare, 92, of Roxborough, a World War II Army medic and a schoolteacher who loved drama and the theater, died Saturday, July 2, of a stroke at his home in the retirement community of Cathedral Village. Raised in Wynnewood, Mr. Shakespeare graduated from Lower Merion High School and briefly attended Cornell University before enlisting in the Army in 1943. A frontline medic during the war, he was wounded in battle while serving with the 95th Infantry Division in Germany.
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November 11, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE FOG went unnoticed at first, creeping into the English teacher's classroom slowly, year after year. It dulled her passion for teaching and clouded the connection she'd made with students in her younger days. Eventually, it made her lose sight of herself. Amid the fog, one 16-year-old student began to shine like a beacon. To hear her tell it, he had a cutting intellect, different from the teens she'd taught before. He could be cruel to her in front of his classmates. He kept her on her toes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two new half-hour comedies this week follow the adventures of aspiring entertainers - Mr. Robinson on NBC is a warm, traditional sitcom about a funk musician who doubles as a high school teacher, and Hulu's Difficult People , about a pair of would-be comics, offers a sarcastic take on the Seinfeld experience. Funky with teacher Actor, stand-up comic, and singer Craig Robinson, 43, has amassed a nice following with roles in Pineapple Express , Hot Tub Machine , and This Is the End , not to mention his droll turn as warehouse foreman-turned-sports agent Darryl Philbin on The Office . The Chicago native, who has a master's degree in education, digs into his personal history to play a Chicago high school music teacher in the likable, if sometimes flat, Mr. Robinson . It premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC. Robinson stars as Craig Robinson, a semiprofessional keyboard player and singer who plays in a band he cofounded with his brother Ben (Brandon T. Jackson)
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July 2, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TWO VICTIMS of an alleged upskirting English teacher in South Jersey have hired attorneys. Adam L. Mayr, an English teacher at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell since 2002, was arrested in March after a female student at the school came forward with the allegations. He was charged with invasion of privacy, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. The nine victims, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, were between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. Authorities allege Mayr took upskirt videos of them using hidden cameras immediately after class or after school over a two-year period.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The saddest line in this funny play by Steven Karam about misfit teenagers struggling with all the stuff misfit teenagers struggle with is: "I don't want to talk about it. " But they do talk about it - the play's title is Speech & Debate , after all. And Azuka Theatre's nifty production, under Kevin Glaccum's clever direction, manages to be both thoughtful and entertaining. Most important, neither the script nor this excellent cast patronizes these endearing, lonely characters, all hiding behind computer screens.
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November 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ralph J. Flood, 79, of West Philadelphia, an English teacher for many years, died Saturday, Oct. 25, of cancer at his home. At the end, Mr. Flood refused all drugs except pain medication. "Despite Dylan Thomas," he told his family, "I will go gentle into that good night. " (Thomas' famous poem exhorts the elderly to "not go gentle into that good night" but to "burn and rave" in old age.) Mr. Flood grew up in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from North Catholic High School in 1953.
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October 8, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Instead of focusing on her students Monday morning, Anissa Weinraub, an English teacher at Academy at Palumbo in South Philadelphia, said she was stunned by the School Reform Commission's sudden decision to cancel its teacher contract. "When the SRC unilaterally imposes . . . what else are they going to try to impose on?" Weinraub asked at a rally outside Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office Monday afternoon. Weinraub said she believed the teachers' union was negotiating in good faith and was shocked by Monday's news.
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July 17, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE the parent of a student of Linda Laverne Roberson and your child was having some problems in school, you might expect a knock on your door. Linda was a teacher who cared. She never hesitated to go to the homes of students who might have needed an extra boost academically to chat with their parents. Even after she retired, she wasn't through helping former students via her Facebook page. At least 600 contacted her that way with a blizzard of questions. Some might have been in college and needed academic help, maybe the editing of a school paper.
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June 6, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
MAYBE it's due to our already long summer of diarrhea jokes, but I developed a soft spot for the clunky bookishness of "Words and Pictures. " This is an inspirational teacher movie in the Mr. Chips/Mr. Holland vein, which doubles down on the inspirational teachers - an English teacher (Clive Owen) and an art teacher (Juliette Binoche) lead a student-body debate on the relative merits of writing and painting. It's also a love story - Jack (Owen) is a blocked writer and an alcoholic, Dina (Binoche)
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November 18, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nuns wept and dads teared up. In the buttoned-down early 1960s, most children had never witnessed that level of open despair in grown-ups before. But the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this Friday provoked undisguised grief among Americans who believed the world had just caved in. And their now-grown children have not forgotten. Asked to share their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, nearly 1,000 Inquirer readers - many of them baby boomers - responded with detailed missives: the airless silence in the classroom after the principal's unsteady intercom announcement; the sobbing women on the otherwise quiet 53 trolley in West Mount Airy; the unsettling recognition of Dad's 1957 Plymouth station wagon back in the driveway way too early on that crisp, sunny afternoon.
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