Morning T and Slicers,
I was back traveling on familiar highways and roads yesterday- over the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Cross Westchester, Rt 684 and finally local 22…destination Dover Union Free Schools. Leaving just after the morning rush hour and text Jack once I’m stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee with just 15 minutes left of the hour’s drive.
Over the last 10 years I’ve come to know the ride well and even though I’m parked in the back of the school this time Jack is at the door to welcome me and grab my bags as we walk together into the building anxious and excited to show off the progress he’s made in his classroom/tv studio.
We walk through the halls, moving from the middle school to the high school. Kids shout out to him, teachers greet me. It’s so good to be back and catch up as he walks me around his classroom, proudly sharing the transformation, moving closer and closer to a professional studio.
Once the bell rings his group sprinkles in and Jack proudly backs away into a supporting role allowing them, in their roles to prep and create the afternoon announcements.
In Jack’s new dream position he teaches just one class and spends the rest of his day supporting teachers K-12 as they embed more technology into their teaching lives. It’s so good to see him pumped. It’s easy to be with him, with his students, with his teacher team I know well.
The session ended and we were back walking in the halls to see Matt, and my cousin Rebecca, who coincidentally teaches English in Jack’s old room. She’s pregnant with her 3rd child, a boy. Matts still his next door neighbor and involved in Jack’s teacher academy for techies. I sit down pull,out my camera and without hesitation Matt and Jack reflect on their past projects with me and their recent learning experiences. We are all still passionate out our learning and teaching. 10 years with Dover teachers. Now Betsy Devon, that’s something to document and celebrate.
I am a teacher lover… so good to be home again.
TRUMP, keep your hands off public education!