May 17, 2016 |
Joseph Paul Diviny, 89, a longtime science teacher in Philadelphia's public schools, died Monday, May 9, of esophageal cancer at his home in Mayfair. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Diviny worked as a boy in the 1930s selling fruit and vegetables from a horse-drawn cart on the streets of Kensington. "One of his favorite tasks was to feed the horse a carrot at lunchtime. His grandchildren marveled at this recollection of much simpler times in Philadelphia," his family said in a remembrance.
November 26, 2014 |
A LOT OF urban kids resist getting into environmental studies because creeks and woods and the creepy crawly creatures that live in them are alien to them. "They don't want to sit in the dirt; they don't want to sit in the grass; they don't want to hold an earthworm," a teacher once said. But Phyllis Green's students at the Turner Middle School got acclimated fast as they squished in the mud on the banks of Cobbs Creek. In fact, Phyllis's students focused on restoring the creek, a body of sluggish water that has known the ravages of urban civilization, pollution and other disruptions through the years and sorely needed tender loving care.
November 17, 2014 |
Ronald Earl Rowe, 77, of Glenside, a longtime science teacher, died Monday, Nov. 10, at Abington Memorial Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. Born Oct. 29, 1937, Mr. Rowe was raised in West York, Pa., and graduated from West York High School in 1955. In 1959, he graduated from Millersville State Teachers College, now Millersville University, with a bachelor's degree in science education. Mr. Rowe went on to pursue his master's degree in teaching from Cornell University and graduated in 1963.
September 17, 2013 |
The phone rang. Seated at the desk, the petite woman with salt-and-pepper curls took a deep breath and reached for the receiver, game for the challenge. "Hello, Central High School," she said brightly. "May I help you?" She furrowed her brow. "Can you repeat the name?" She followed her finger, poring over the directory of the school's staff and faculty. "Do you know what department he's in? Oh. OK. " Anxious now, she searched the list again, top to bottom, bottom to top, then apologized.
May 27, 2013 |
At Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, teachers and staff use a school washer and dryer to clean the clothes of needy students. Learning and laundry, in fact, get done in several area schools, where teachers and staff also buy food, prom clothes, toilet paper, eyeglasses, and countless other items for children from families with meager means. This is on top of the hundreds, even thousands, of dollars that teachers spend each year on basic classroom supplies. In the Philadelphia area, teachers see themselves as first responders in the ongoing emergency of poverty.
December 9, 2012 |
New Jersey is partnering with a foundation to recruit and train as many as 100 new math and science teachers to spend three years in high-need schools across the state, including ones in Camden and Pemberton Borough. The initiative, announced Friday by Gov. Christie, will cost $9 million, all of it donated. Teaching recruits will have backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math - the so-called STEM subjects - and will be trained in a model created by the Princeton-based Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation emphasizing teacher preparation and retention.
August 28, 2012 |
PERHAPS FOR VERY different reasons, students and parents across Philadelphia are already counting the days until school starts. Both might be wondering who will be standing in front of the classroom on the first day of school. Odds are good that the teacher in the room will be new to the school, new to Philadelphia and, quite possibly, completely new to teaching. Budget cuts and layoffs have eliminated positions for teachers and other staff. Other teachers are leaving because of retirements, poor working conditions and the transfer of district schools to charters.
November 8, 2010 |
In a Central High School science lab - with her teacher and 30 classmates huddled around - freshman Mjaan McIvor pointed a camping lighter toward a single marshmallow Peep. The jack-o'-lantern-shaped Peep was sitting on top of an inch-tall stand and inside a six-inch metal cylinder with a beaker of water placed above it. After some difficulty igniting the lighter, McIvor succeeded in setting the Peep on fire. It was a visual, personal, hands-on science experiment - the kind of interactive approach that teacher K.D. Davenport believes will leave her students with a deeper understanding of nutrition.
July 23, 2009 |
Two kindergarten teachers from the Lumberton and Abington School Districts have won the nation's highest award for childhood math education. Kimberly Mueller of the F.L. Walther School in Lumberton and Anne Magaha of Rydal West Elementary School are among 87 recipients of the 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the National Science Foundation announced yesterday. Forty-one science teachers and 46 math teachers were chosen. The awards alternate yearly between teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade, and seventh grade through high school.
June 12, 2008 |
When not spending time in or near the ocean this summer, hundreds of Chester County students in grades two through six will head to their local libraries to learn the science of the murky depths for free, through GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer program. This will be the 22d summer that the British-based pharmaceutical giant will fund free science classes in the Philadelphia area, with 140 libraries - 17 in Chester County - hosting sessions. Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester Counties rotate topics each summer; this year it's Chester's turn to focus on oceanography while students in the other counties learn about bioscience, chemistry, genetics, and simple machines.