Men's Stories

From NFL to nanny

by Albert Breer and Barry Horn - The Dallas Morning News in Dallas, TX USA
Politely but firmly, Mr. Clarke explains that he had spoken his piece in numerous telephone conversations starting in February. Now, six weeks later, there is nothing left to talk about.

Besides, he has work to do inside. Behind the front bay window, a young mother cradles her infant son. Her older son is busy at the dinner table.

The children are Mr. Clarke's work. Franklin, as he is known in this neighborhood, is the gray-bearded nanny to Quinn, 5, and MacAllan Clarke Tugwell, 1.

A career working with young children and parents

by Tom Bedard in St. Paul, Minnesota
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1975. My major was child psychology. I thought I wanted to work with young children, so I took a job in a child care center. After six months, I knew that my place was in an early childhood classroom, so I went back to the University to finish coursework to get a pre-k teaching license from the State of Minnesota.  I have been in the field ever since. Except for four years serving as a center director in the mid 1980s, I have been in an early childhood classroom. In 1988, I was hired by the St. Paul School system in St.

A Guy Walks Into a Preschool

by Josh Gondelman in Boston, Massachusetts
When I was a kid, I never dreamed of being a preschool teacher. I was sure I would grow up to be a firefighter/astronaut/dragon. But then I grew up. And went to college. And by the time I finished, I had lost interest in firefighting and astronauting. And I wasn't qualified for work as a dragon.

Teacher of the Year enjoys mentoring children

by Scott Bandle in St. Lousi, Missouri, USA
For this school year, Duane West has carried a lot of expectations. It's the price he pays for being the Riverview Gardens School District's 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year.

West hears comments and questions from parents, administrators and other teachers. Some ask about his teaching style, while others offer advice on his job.

The Status of Male Teachers in Public Education Today

by Chuck Carney in Indiana University
School districts and teacher preparation programs should collaborate more and schools should promote gender equality and social justice to help alleviate the lack of male teachers in U.S. public schools, according to a new Education Policy Brief from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University.
Shaun Johnson

Working at mom's daycare

by Daniel in Montreal, Canada
My name is Daniel, I will be 14 years old in November. I worked at my mom's Daycare over the summer months as  a helper to the Educators working with the five year old age group.

So long to a preschool purist

by Patty Fisher - Mercury News in Palo Alto, CA - USA
Back in the days before "parent" became a verb, before toddlers were using computers and kindergartners had homework, Peter Wing was running a preschool where children did nothing but play. They ran around, acted silly, listened to stories and simply behaved like kids.

The best job anyone could have

by Craig Simpson in Boston, MA - USA
My name is Craig Simpson. I am an Infant/Toddler Team leader at the Yawkey Konbit Kreyole Center for Early Education and Care in Dorchester, MA, USA. I am 62 years old. I have been working as an Early Childhood Teacher for over 30 years. My mother had been a Preschool teacher for 30 years. I grew up in a racially integrated preschool at the end of the 1940s in New Jersey. I didn't think I would be a teacher, even a day care teacher. I thought I would be an archeologist.

You Teach What?

by Mark D. Hedger - Principal in Holden, Missouri
"You teach what?" That is the phrase I often heard when I would tell my fellow coaches what I taught. Being a high school basketball coach and first grade teacher was not something they were expecting to hear. They expected me to tell them that I taught physical education or social studies, not that I taught six-year olds how to read. The reaction that followed was often mixed. Some of the coaches would give me the "that is pretty neat, I respect that" look, while others would give me the "are you kidding me, that is weird" look.

40 years successfully teaching teachers

by Carlton Fletcher in Albany, GA - USA
Wilburn Campbell's seen it all, the then and the now at Albany State University.

He remembers when Peace Hall was a condemned building ... when a city street ran through the middle of campus ... when "shotgun houses" were located at the southern end of the current campus ... when Caroline Hall was more than a symbolic chimney ... when the campus was inundated with the flood waters of the adjacent Flint River ...

A lot of stuff happens in 40 years.