Men's Stories

Male Educator Named State Teacher Of Year

Joshua Parker, a Baltimore County English and language arts teacher, was named the 2011-12 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

The surprise announcement was made by Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard J. Sadusky during a gala at Martin's West that included Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, among other dignitaries.

Sadusky hailed Parker for his uncommon drive to see students succeed and his zeal when it comes to making sure world-class students were prepared.

A brilliant, dignified teacher

by The Weekly Challenger in St. Petersburg, FL
A brilliant, dignified man has left us, but the model for success which he taught us as he lived and worked among us is not one to be forgotten anytime soon. Indeed, when we look at his humble beginnings, review his steps to success, study his philosophy for living, we will realize our good fortune in ever having known him, and we will cherish the memories of any time we were able to spend with him. Emanuel Max Wellington Stewart wore many hats in his lifetime. The remarkable thing about these hats, or the positions they represent is the fact that they all fit, all of the time.

Gene Brugger, Teacher a St. Rita School for the Deaf

by Krista Ramsey - in Cincinnati, OH, USA
In his second-floor classroom at St. Rita School for the Deaf, teacher Gene Brugger spends 45 minutes on a morning exercise that would take most teachers five minutes.

Over and over he sounds out the beginning sound - "th-th" - for Thursday, holds up flash cards for students to match the word to the sound, and demonstrates its American Sign Language motion.

He repeats the actions for the name of the month, the day's weather and finally his students' names. And he does it day after day after day.

Jon Bradley: Are we leaving our boys behind?

by Allison Flynn - McGill Reporter in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Faculty of Education's Jon Bradley has been highly sought-after in the media lately. A specialist in boy learning, he's been outspoken on the feminization of the school environment and curriculum, the over-use of drugs like Ritalin among boys and the endangered male elementary school teacher. He's argued that these are just a few of the seemingly separate issues that may be contributing to our province's abysmal high school dropout and failure rates.

A Man in Australia -

by Lisa Marie in Australia
Since Brendan's article in our Men in Childcare special we have received numerous positive feedback and emails congratulating us on posting the article and bringing the issue of Men in Childcare into focus. We decided to to interview Brendan for our Carer Spotlight to find out a little more....

Professional Childcare worker

Age: 25

Workplace: I work at Jacaranda Grove Pre School, Warners Bay NSW.
We cater for 2 to 5 year olds.


Teacher Ross Anderson named We Deliver award winner

by Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer in Tampa, Florida
Hillsborough County resource teacher Ross Anderson knew something big was happening Friday at Van Buren Middle School.

But he had no idea the party -- and a check for $10,000 -- was for him.

Retiring after 40 years

by Karen Francisco - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Gary Green is retiring this week after 40 years with Fort Wayne Community Schools - 39 of those at Lindley Elementary School. He spoke with editorial writer Karen Francisco about his career in education

It's unusual for a teacher to spend his entire career in one school. What made you want to stay at Lindley?

From Japan to New Zealand

by Atsushi Ukito in Auckland, New Zealand
It's been seven years working at Kids' Domain Early Learning Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. I have spent three years to qualify in New Zealand as an early childhood educator.

I'm originally from Japan. I have been living in Auckland for 10 years. I like the relaxed life style in New Zealand. And I like working with infants and toddlers here too.

From art student to teacher

John M. Holland, 38
Child Development Specialist, Richmond Public Schools

As an art student at Virginia Commonwealth University, John Holland didn't see it coming. Shortly after meeting his wife, Jonah, he took a job as a substitute teacher in Richmond to pay the bills. He's been in the classroom ever since.

"It basically came down to start my own house-painting company or teaching," he says, which was an easy choice: "Every interaction with a kid I felt like I was doing something."

I am the King of the Four Year Olds!

by Roberto Reggio in Hawaii - USA
Roberto Reggio, a veteran male early educator drowned under a full moon off Kahala Beach in Hawaii on May 7, 2009.

He was creative, committed, and passionate about the impact he was able to have as a teacher of young children, as a musician, and as a presenter in professional settings. Among his many contributions, Roberto helped to plan, presented at, and wrote about the HAEYC Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) Retreats.

Hawaii Men's Retreat