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Blackboard Heroes
posted: November 10, 2008
Jeff Bochart, Alaska...
Here's the first installment of an ongoing feature running in Scholastic's Instructor Magazine. It's a series I've called Blackboard Heroes: portraits and interviews of dedicated teachers from around the country.
Some of the teachers I've profiled include Jeff Bochart, an Alaskan teacher in tiny, tiny Inuit schools accessible only by bush plane; Patti Anderegg, a New York City Public School teacher at the School for the Deaf; Brandi Barnett, who teaches first graders in the Atlanta area; and Illinois middle school math teacher John Laystrom, who came to the profession later in life.
For those of you who don't get the print magazine, here's a link to the Blackboard Heroes page on the Scholastic website.
To nominate a dedicated teacher to join the ranks of Blackboard Heroes featured in Instructor Magazine, send a brief description of them and where they teach to instructor@scholastic.com
My own Blackboard Hero was Mr. Gatto, my English teacher in Junior High School. He was flamboyant and energetic and respected us and noticed the smart things we didn't even know we were saying. And most of all he made me love school for the first (and last) time. I tracked him down in preparation for this project, and as soon as he heard my name on the phone, he knew exactly who I was: "Zina Saunders!", he shouted. It was like he had seen me yesterday.
I have told most everyone I've been really close to about Mr. Gatto and what he's meant to me, but I would never have imagined that he would remember me, too. What a remarkable gift he's been in my, and many others', lives. Just as the teachers in Blackboard Heroes are in their own students' lives.
Patti Anderegg, New York...
Brandi Barnett, Georgia...
John Laystrom, Illinois...
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