April 4, 1996 |
Laura Wills Gaskill, 96, the first preschool teacher at Rancocas Friends School, died Tuesday at Cadbury in Cherry Hill. A Cherry Hill resident for the last seven years, she was born on a farm in Marlton and had been a Mount Laurel resident for more than 50 years. She was a 1918 graduate of Moorestown High School, where she was in the class play and wrote a poem about her classmates who could not be at graduation because they were soldiers in World War I. After graduating from the former Normal School in Ocean City, Mrs. Gaskill began her teaching career in a Medford elementary school, but left teaching to raise a family.
June 11, 2015 |
While an upper-class student in the late 1940s at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Margaret McFate met A. Richard Webster on a blind date arranged by his sister, a Shipley classmate. "They met at a train platform, the Bryn Mawr train station," where he had come from his mother's home in Merion, their daughter Beth Stouffer said. "He looked very young, but he was smoking a pipe and trying to appear much older than he was," she said. Webster had dropped out of Amherst College by the time they met and, "right after she had graduated" from Shipley in 1950, "they had gotten a marriage license" and hoped to elope.
October 24, 1991 |
Robert H. Werthman of Fairless Hills has been recognized as the 1991 Business Associate of the Year by the Positive Horizons Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Werthman was honored for his business experience, contributions to the community and sensitivity to women in business, based on letters of recommendation from his co-workers. He has been with Merrill Lynch Inc. in New York City for 22 years, and is vice president and group manager of the data center support group.
March 31, 2009
DEAR ABBY: I am writing about your response to "John in Savannah," the 24-year-old man who is unsure how to explain to people that using a belt to discipline his three little girls is different from abuse. Sometimes, in order to teach that actions or behaviors are inappropriate, some form of punishment, whether it's a spanking or a time-out, becomes necessary. I give my children three chances when they misbehave. If they continue, they are punished. They know that there will be consequences if they do wrong.
December 17, 1996 |
Sister M. Martha Kopec, 85, supervisor of St. John's Retreat House in Atlantic City for 25 years until retiring in 1994, died Saturday at Atlantic City Medical Center. Born Genowefa Kopec, in Chwalibogowice, Poland, she entered the Congregation of the Little Servant Sisters at Motherhouse in Stara Wies, near Brzozow, Poland, in 1933. After her profession of vows and teacher training, she served as a preschool teacher in Tarnow, and then at Krakow, where she also was a bookkeeper.
February 1, 2012 |
Denise "Neicy" Wendell Moore, 54, of West Philadelphia, a retired teacher, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, of endometrial cancer at Vitas Hospice in South Philadelphia. For 25 years, Mrs. Moore taught fifth graders at several Philadelphia public schools, including Martha Washington School in West Philadelphia and W.B. Bryant School in Southwest Philadelphia. She retired in 2009. During her 17 years at Bryant, she provided classroom instruction to student teachers as a mentor teacher and assisted colleagues with their problems, her husband, Tyrone Steven Moore, said.
December 26, 2002 |
The floors are laid. The coat cubbies are in place. And although pint-size furniture is still stacked to the ceiling in some classrooms, the district's $3.6 million effort to create space for its preschoolers is nearly complete. The 12 new classrooms at the Samuel Smith School and the playground around them, all scheduled to open Jan. 13, will be among the first projects completed under New Jersey's plan to modernize or replace aging schools. "It's been a long time coming," said Kelly Ryan, a preschool teacher who was there when Burlington City began tossing around ideas for a permanent home for preschoolers nearly five years ago. The classrooms are needed for the full-day preschool program, which the district expects to grow in enrollment from 188 now to 225 next school year.
March 19, 1995 |
He had been invited to help start up National Music in the Schools Week. And what a start-up it was. The heavy bass shook the Delaware Avenue School gymnasium as the performer LaJaye', clad in a floppy black beret, black leather combat boots, and sunglasses, brought the crowd of little people to its feet. LaJaye', 30, also known as Jaye Smalls, is a Palmyra native and professional musician who has just released his first single, "Put My Thang Down," on Black Bear Records.
February 16, 1992 |
Three days a week, preschool teacher Virginia Joyner takes her act on the road. Armed with a boxload of blocks, toys, paper and crayons, Joyner creates a classroom in the homes of seven youngsters - one at a time. She is part of a one-year pilot program sponsored by Burlington County Head Start. The set-up is designed to give preschool children and their parents who live in remote areas of Burlington County the same benefits available to the 324 children who attend one of the county's three Head Start Centers.
September 26, 1991 |
On a recent Friday in a Palmyra classroom, Michael, Amber and Tricia rolled toy bowling balls toward plastic pins that their teacher Denise Cyphers set up each time they knocked the pins down. Zan and Lance played in another corner with blocks and plastic figures shaped like food, while teacher's assistant Georgia Neitzel looked on. In the back of the room, speech and language specialist Lyn Slotkin talked with Jamie over some pictures. These 4-year-olds, with three adults to lead them on, were playing hard, but in preschool, "children's work is play," as Ron Cancelliere put it. The whole idea behind preschool is that while students play, they are learning a variety of basic skills such as body coordination, social skills, and vocabulary and the ability to speak clearly, said Cancelliere, principal of Palmyra's Charles Street middle school.