Men's Stories

Elementary special-education teacher is one of a kind

by Carole Bodger Bon in Indiana, USA
His students call him Mr. French Fry.

Their parents call him "wonderful."

And, whoever you talk to, the man who calls himself a "big kid at heart" is having a big, wonderful effect on the students of Greenville Elementary School.

Teaching From the Heart

by Lynn E. Nielsen in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
I am a teacher. In 1972, I began my career teaching 5th- and 6th-grade social studies in the Midwest where, exactly 20 years before, I had started kindergarten. I was part of the Boomer generation that hit the schools in crushing numbers just after the war. From 1941 to 1945, many of our fathers were occupied with fighting the war in Europe and Asia. When they returned, they became occupied with families-making them. Like a junior Invasion of Normandy, wave after wave of 5-year-olds like me descended on the schools armed with crayons, Big Red tablets, and kindergarten nap mats.

Clarence Little receives a Schott Fellowship

by Dana Forsythe - The Bulletin Newspapers in Massachusetts, USA
Clarence Little, director at the Hyde Park Learning Center, was selected this month to receive a Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education. He was chosen as one of 11 fellows statewide. The award is given to support a diverse group of senior leaders in early childhood care to strengthen public policy for the children of Massachusetts.

To Be An African Teacher

by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1933 - 2007) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. A teacher, psychologist, and historian, he began his career in the Denver Public Schools. He earned a B.A. in Educational Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver, where he also taught in the College of Education and in the Philosophy colloquium of the Centennial Scholars Honors Program.

One of only five male teachers

by Erinn Hutkin - in Roanoke, VA, USA

There's a second-grade teacher on Principal Cristina Flippen's staff who's especially nurturing and affectionate.

In this Oak Grove Elementary class, pupils watch chickens hatch each year, then the teacher takes the baby birds to the family farm to live.

Each November, the classroom filled with little chairs and little crayon- and glue-stick-stuffed desks becomes the site of a Pilgrimesque Thanksgiving. The class spends days churning butter, grinding wheat for bread and making soup before inviting parents to share in the feast.

Not a job, A passion

by Roger Neugebauer in Redmond, WA - USA
[MenTeach: Roger is co-publisher of the magazine Child Care Information Exchange and serves on the World Forum Foundation that is sponsoring the Men in Early Childhood Education Working Forum.]

How did you get started in this profession?

From trucking to teaching

by Wayne Erb - Education Gazette in New Zealand
Former truck driver Adam Buckingham reckons he has a few life skills that he can pass on to young children.

The Auckland man switched careers following a workplace accident and says that, after recuperating, he wanted to find a way to give more back to his community.

Adam had previously volunteered as a scout leader and had young children of his own, so teaching young children seemed like a good fit. Three years later, he hasn't looked back.

Mr. Mike's Legacy

by Jane Kokan, National Post in Nahrin, Afghanistan
The school that Mike Frastacky built has seven sturdy buildings with galvanized steel roofs and precise orange framing, surrounded by the barren mountains of northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province.

The children laughing in the playground walk here each morning from 10 villages. Enrolment is almost 700, depending on whether the rivers are swollen or the wheat and rice needs harvesting. More than half of the students are girls.

Student teacher in Germany

by Chad Fey - The in Newton, KS, USA
The trip home from his spring semester was a long one for Newton's Jeff Arellano, who graduated from Wichita State University this spring. His trip involved flying across the Atlantic Ocean after student teaching in Germany.

"I learned a lot," Arellano said. "It opened my eyes to the different range of students and different lifestyles of students."

Arellano chose to spend a semester of student teaching abroad, getting experience in both the elementary and high school settings during the week and traveling through Europe on the weekends.

First year teacher's success

by Lisa Liechner in Christiansburg, Virginia, USA
Last August, Dan began his first year teaching. When he came home the first day, he was pretty much wiped out and convinced that he wasn't cut out to be a teacher and should quit ... soon. Since Dan's not one to quit easily, it was a real shock that he was so set to give up. I emailed several people asking for prayers, and I also was practically on my knees most of the night in prayer for him.