What I love – and hate – about prom

What I love – and hate – about prom

March 27, 2014
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     I loved some things about prom when I was a principal early in my career.      I loved seeing how hard juniors and their teacher sponsors worked to transform a plain banquet hall into a magical, glittering place.      I... Read more »

The story my daddy loved to tell

The story my daddy loved to tell

August 20, 2013
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     My daddy loved to tell the story of my first day of school.      Loved to tell how he came home from work that night and asked me, “Gene, how was school today?”      Loved to tell how I stood there, looked up at him... Read more »

The dream we all share

The dream we all share

August 31, 2012
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     Morgan doesn’t look too happy in the photo. He’s wearing a long-sleeve dress shirt and tie – and shorts.      And Michael? He has sort of a why-do-I-have-to-do-this look on his face.      They’re sitting side-by-side,... Read more »

A car ride that changes my life

A car ride that changes my life

May 8, 2012
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     A week after I graduate from high school, I’m in Coach Randolph Potts’ car on the way to Wingate.      We’re going to meet with the college’s president – and I’m pretty nervous.      I’d always figured I’d... Read more »

He shaped my vision of what an educator should be

He shaped my vision of what an educator should be

August 15, 2011
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     The taps on his wingtips clicking on the hardwood floor of his classroom – one sound I’ll never forget from that first day in his class.      And how professional he looked – not just that first day -- but every day.      Or... Read more »

Talking math to children a must

February 21, 2011
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     Research proves the importance of “talking math" to young children.      The more you talk numbers to young children, the better their math skills will be.      In fact, research seems to indicate that unless... Read more »

The more parents talk to babies, the better the children will do in school

January 12, 2011
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     Children will do significantly better in school if their parents spend lots of time talking with them before the children reach three years old -- that's the finding of a 10-year study of how parents' interaction with young children affects the children's ability to learn.      And... Read more »

REVIEW: Crank – a book you can’t put down

Laney Lyles, Lancaster High Junior
September 23, 2010
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One line. Good. Two... Read more »

Touching lives in powerful ways

August 12, 2010
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     I click onto the funeral home’s Guest Book, curious to see how many of Mr. Winnie Leaphart’s former students have logged in.      And as soon as the Guest Book comes up, I see I’m not the only former student who believes Mr. Leaphart touched... Read more »