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March 22, 1990 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. Lang Jr. may have been dishelved, unkempt, poorly organized and unable to control or discipline the fifth-grade class he was called in to teach in Camden in February 1988, but those are not crimes, his defense attorney said yesterday. Lang, 39, of Lansdale, Montgomery County, is charged with aggravated sexual assualt on a child, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and 27 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
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March 30, 2012 | By Monica Peters, FOR THE INQUIRER
Walnut Street Theatre presents the stage production of Miss Nelson Is Missing, a musical based on the children's book by author Harry Allard. The disobedient students of Room 207, the worst-behaved class in the school, take advantage of their teacher, Miss Nelson. However, when witchy teacher Viola Swamp comes in as a substitute the students regret their behavior and wish for Miss Nelson to return. Will these unruly kids be stuck with their horrible substitute forever? Miss Nelson Is Missing, 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday through April 20 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Tickets: $10-$20.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
A substitute teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old special-education student in a bathroom at Union Terrace Elementary School in Allentown, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. Michael James Agrippine, 47, of Upper Saucon Township, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, and indecent assault. According to the arrest affidavit, filed Wednesday, Agrippine acknowledged being in a bathroom stall with the victim, a boy, caressing him from behind, and penetrating him with a finger.
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September 2, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mary Mascaro Ferri, 78, a former teacher of public school and church classes, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure in the health-care facility of the Twining Village Retirement Community, Holland. Mrs. Ferri had been a substitute teacher for the Bensalem School District for seven years. She taught Bible studies for 10 years for the women's circle of Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, and before that taught at the Bristol Assembly of God, where she served as Sunday school superintendent.
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February 20, 1991 | By Christopher B. Daly, Washington Post Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
A man who burned himself to death on the Amherst town common in an apparent protest against the Persian Gulf war was identified yesterday as Gregory D. Levey, 30, a substitute teacher. Authorities said Levey acted alone when he doused himself with two gallons of paint thinner and set himself ablaze Monday afternoon in a protest that horrified onlookers in the center of Amherst, a university town of about 35,000 residents about 75 miles west of Boston. Levey was the son of Robert Levey, Boston Globe restaurant critic, and the stepson of Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Globe.
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June 11, 1996 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia substitute teacher Mohammed Abdo said two girls retaliated against his scoldings by making up claims that he kissed and fondled them. "I swear to Allah that I'm innocent," he said through a translator in court yesterday. "I would never have done such a thing. " Family Court Judge Tama Myers Clark found him guilty anyway. Abdo, 53, was convicted of two counts each of corrupting the morals of a minor, indecent assault and simple assault. He faces a maximum prison term ranging from one to five years when he is sentenced July 31. The mother of Heather Ackurman, the 10-year-old girl who accused Abdo of hugging her and rubbing her genitals, said she was relieved by the verdict.
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October 11, 1987 | By Dianne Herrin, Special to The Inquirer
Armed only with her experience and wit, substitute teacher Jane Varnes must encounter unknown challenges each day at Octorara Intermediate School. "My friend John tried to sit with me today, and Mrs. Varnes wouldn't let him," said 12-year-old Bobby Hilton, one of the seventh graders she taught for a day on Sept. 25. "He tried to make up an excuse that he forgot his glasses, and he said he had to (sit there so he could) see the blackboard. " It didn't work. "She's strict," said Bobby's classmate Mike Byczkowski, 12. On every schoolday, substitute teachers are working in Chester County public schools, usually earning $50 to $60 per day. Daily substitutes working in the Octorara and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts have the opportunity to earn more because those districts offer a graduated pay scale.
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June 28, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A PHILADELPHIA substitute teacher was awarded back pay and interest after filing a complaint that he was discriminated against because he is from Kenya, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said yesterday. The commission ordered K-12 Staffing of Philadelphia to pay Paul Musumba $1,573. Musumba alleged that the company failed to pay him for 17 of the 27 days he worked as a substitute teacher for the vendor in September and October 2011, the commission said in a news release.
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March 19, 1993 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal judge has acquitted a Philadelphia substitute teacher on drug charges in a case authorities said marked the first appearance of "brown heroin" in the city in years. After hearing the prosecution's evidence, Judge James T. Giles on Wednesday acquitted Patrick Nweze, preventing the case from going to the jury. However, the jury did continue hearing evidence on Nweze's nephew, Sunday Obialo, and yesterday convicted him of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Sentencing for Obialo, of Griscom Street near Orthodox in Frankford, was set for June 16. Nweze was arrested in a raid on his house on Hawthorne Street near Wakeling in Frankford Aug. 5. Police said that in Nweze's basement, they found brown heroin, worth more than $500,000, in the covers of four textbooks.
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September 13, 2014 | By Robert Moran and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia schoolteacher died Thursday from stab wounds police believed were self-inflicted in a lobby restroom at a South Philadelphia hotel. The woman, 48, was a sixth grade teacher at Key School in the 2200 block of South Eighth Street in South Philadelphia. She reported for work Thursday morning, but left without notifying the principal, said Fernando Gallard, spokesman for the School District. At 8:11 a.m., police were called to the Holiday Inn at 1000 Packer Ave., where the woman was found with stab wounds to her neck, a breast, and arms, said Officer Tanya Little.
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April 16, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Sedlak, 70, of Gloucester City, who retired in 2013 as a senior officer with the Gloucester County Probation Department in Woodbury, died of lung disease Saturday, April 12, at his home. Mr. Sedlak grew up in Philadelphia and taught at St. Patrick School in Kennett Square before working for the Chester County Recorder of Deeds in West Chester. After moving to Turnersville 30 years ago, Mr. Sedlak was a substitute teacher for the Washington Township Public School District, his partner, David Wood, said.
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April 2, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael P. Marcase, 90, who climbed the ranks from shop teacher to superintendent of the Philadelphia School District in the 1970s and '80s, running the system during a tumultuous time of teachers' strikes, budget deficits, and self-inflicted controversies, died Thursday, March 27, of Alzheimer's disease at the Oaks facility in Wyncote. During his tenure, Dr. Marcase expanded the district's magnet-school programs; created Data Line, which allowed students to dial a phone number and get help with their homework; and oversaw efforts to help slow learners and a program in which high school pupils tutored younger schoolchildren.
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March 28, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
HER SMILE may be "sweet and precious," but the memories the 6-year-old girl hides behind that smile of the day last year when she was abducted from her West Philadelphia school will cause a "lifetime of physical and emotional scarring," her mother's attorney says. Lawyer Thomas Kline filed a civil lawsuit in federal court yesterday on behalf of the girl and her mother, claiming that the School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission failed to adequately train and screen the substitute teacher who allowed a stranger to take the girl out of school that day. The suit also claims that the district failed to protect the girl from the actions of a dangerous person, namely, her alleged abductor, Christina Regusters.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a youngster, elementary school teacher Jenn Basner had her share of struggles with math. But with a little discipline and help from great teachers, she mastered math, and today it is that passion that won her recognition by the White House. President Obama named Basner, a third-grade teacher at Berlin Community School, as one of New Jersey's winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this year. She is among 102 math and science teachers from across the nation honored with the award this year.
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July 17, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lewis R. Atkinson, 69, of Gloucester City, a teacher at Camden County Technical High Schools in Pennsauken and Sicklerville, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Saturday, July 13, of complications from a stroke. Before he took up teaching as a second career, Mr. Atkinson worked as an Air Force map analyst from 1964 to 1976. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Atkinson was a 1963 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. With classroom credits gained during his Air Force years, he earned a bachelor's degree in social studies at what is now Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
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June 28, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A PHILADELPHIA substitute teacher was awarded back pay and interest after filing a complaint that he was discriminated against because he is from Kenya, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said yesterday. The commission ordered K-12 Staffing of Philadelphia to pay Paul Musumba $1,573. Musumba alleged that the company failed to pay him for 17 of the 27 days he worked as a substitute teacher for the vendor in September and October 2011, the commission said in a news release.
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June 20, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DAVID HAMILTON died at age 52, but he probably shouldn't have lived that long. David was something of a miracle. Born Feb. 15, 1961, he spent his first two years in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was one of the first infant patients to undergo the then-exploratory use of a tracheotomy to allow patients to breathe. When he came home, he struggled through childhood with health issues, but he always credited his loving family with seeing him through it. David emerged from this ordeal to become a valuable member of the Philadelphia community, as a substitute teacher in public schools, a tax examiner for the IRS, a postal delivery man, an active churchman and a surrogate father to scores of children.
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June 7, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three Cherry Hill school board members running for reelection will face a challenge this fall from a woman who led a group of fellow parents in bringing a bullying complaint against a Cherry Hill High School East teacher. Susan Levy Warner will face Sherrie Cohen, Steve Robbins, and Elliott Roth in November's election. The four will compete for three seats with three-year terms. With three daughters in the district - first and fourth graders at Bret Harte Elementary School and a freshman at Cherry Hill East - "I have a personal investment," said Warner, chief executive of a human resources outsourcing firm.
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