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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
When you complete the approved T&I or HSTE certification program at GSU, following are instructions for applying for your certificate. Certification is your responsibility. Timeliness is critical.
There are three forms you must fill out: the Georgia PSC Application, the Approved Program Recommendation Form, and the Employer Assurance Form (if you are employed by a
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
This has, by far, been the most interesting, useful class I have ever had to take. Thank you to everyone for making it what it was. There will never be another class like ours!
I just came out of a faculty meeting where we learned that we made AYP again! I'm so excited...our BOE feeds us steak each year we make it. It's a great incentive! Not only that, our Science scores went from a 77% last year to a 92% this year!! We were celebrating of course!
On a different note, based on the fact that we had so many seniors failing the GHSGT and they have now passed, our principal gave us these "words of wisdom". I quote "If the student worked as hard as they did to pass the GHSGT, I expect you to make passing your class happen." What do ya'll think of that? Personally, I am a bit taken aback. I don't think I'll be "making it happen" just because someone says so!
I hope you all enjoy your teaching careers and keep in touch! I can found in a map dot in Social Circle GA during school hours and at home in Covington otherwise. Enjoy your time away from class and catch up on all the friends and family you have missed out on. I know I am going to! :)
Ed kind of brought(sniff) things to reality this past Saturday(sniffle, sob) when he said "After today, chances are, we will never see each other again"! (even more extreme uncontrolled sobbing and whaling) I love you guys! (sob, sniff, sob) Wouldn't it be cool if somewhere, somehow we would find ourselves all teaching at the same school! (a little sniff) The "Dream Team"! The "Magnificent 25 or 30 or so"! (a little less sniffing) A "Band of brothers.....and sisters"! Maybe if we concentrate real hard it will happen! (jumping up and down) Let's try! (closing eyes) OK ready, 1, 2, 3, ..................
Hey I am thinking about looking into a Master's program..if anyone would like to partner up let me know.....I did say I was "THINKING"..hahaha respond fast before I come to my senses....I will never get the "perpetual student award"...LOL
or if anyone knows of a nice program to look into, then please let me know!!!!
Holla at me
*place info in the reply of this blog
P.S. Big shout out to Dr. Burns and Ms. Hayden...thanks for making it fun and informative and thank you for your flexibility when dealing with your students!!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I hope the engine starts to rebuild itself as I get older, because WOW, I may need to warn others about turning 40. LOL But I feel better now and I must say, I am thankful.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thank you Dr. Burns and Jessie for everything! I feel so blessed to have been in this class under your leadership. Good luck and the best to you both always!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I am truly going to miss all of you and hope that we'll continue to blog each other. It is amazing that we can share our views and vent about lifes' disappointments and the journeys that we must go through, all of which are lessons to make us stronger and build character. Speaking of journeys, I'm still on one to find a job. Since I know time is ticking away and hiring is currently in progress, please remember me if you hear of any jobs in Video Broadcast or Business Ed at your school. I'm really tired of being a Stellar sub and would like to know where I'll be working next year. However I will continue pursuing my education in the Fall and begin working on my Masters program. I believe I'll do an online program through Walden which I won't have to take the GRE to get in. I am not a good test taker.
On another note, I just want to say "thanks" to everyone for a great class. The experiences we've shared will never be forgotten. As always, I want to "THANK" Ms. Hayden and Dr. B for their professionalism, great teaching expertise, and all that they have instilled in me. I'm glad that I was able to complete NTI and gain the knowledge to succed as a teacher. I especially liked that personality test we took this summer. You ladies are AWESOME and I feel priviledged to have been under your guidance and direction. May your next journey in life be peaceful and rewarding. Looking forward to a relaxing summer...
Never Give Up!
Dr. burns said we would have to video tape one of them .But they always made us feel comfortable in doing them.And to all of you fellow students,I for one really appreciate the way that you would all offer support and and act like you were interested in our speeches [well mine anyway].I personally have had a blast.I hope that everyone will continue to do well in their selected fields.Oh yea to Gary and Perry [kinda rhymes doesn't it] where are we gonna eat Saturday.
P.S [SUMMER IS A COMMIN!!!!!!!]YEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is rather personal but it's "REAL LIFE" and I need to get it off my chest..
I have been very upset lately( approx. 1 week and counting)...
My wife's cousin who moved here a few years ago with his four kids and wife are two GROWN MESSY(in terms in handling personal matters) individuals....to make a long story short....My wife and I have one of his kids because of some neglect/abuse issues in the home...Well the child's father(my wife's cousin) works out of town and his wife has three boys at the house(all which are older) in addition to the youngest(which isn't hers biologically) and the child(the youngest -with us now) reported that he has been mistreated and "beat up" by the other boys with no intervention from the adult....needless to say DFACS was contacted....
We don't usually see them often(they stay across town) however we never noticed anything out the ordinary..okay...here is what I am ticked off about....The cousin has a sister here in town(single, financially secure, lives alone) very successful real estate agent(name and face posted on billboards around Atlanta)..anyway...she refuses to take in HER NEPHEW(keep in mind she was the contact on the school records)...so the cousin calls the Wright's and BAM!!!...we have the child...Now the problem isn't the child..not at all it is not in my DNA or my wife's to leave a child out or watch someone be mistreated...our parents demonstrated this trait and thankfully it has passed on to me and also to my wife.....we have plenty of room at our home and it's not an inconvenience...not even a little bit..
..getting back to why I am so MAD...... my wife and I have to answer to a case worker, social worker, investigator, lawyer, all in reference to this matter..... i get MAD! because I feel we are being interrogated MORE than the person at FAULT..which are the sorry PARENTS!
i mean they have inspected& examined my house, income, job, refrigerator...yes I said refrigerator...they have drug tested me and my wife....EVERTHING!...I understand WHY it's necessary however I don't have to like it....and the more I think about her cousin and his wife the more I want to 'cause bodily harm' to them....mainly because of the treatment of a child , but some is because of the hoops we have to jump through because of the negligence on their part....
I need to speak with someone because my attitude is starting to show and it's showing at work...and I try to hide how I am feeling but it's hard....
His father is still away on business(seems to me a matter involving my child wouldn't keep me away from any place or anytime!, hum!!!)
In a matter of five days we have gone to court twice...and have another one this week.
I missed my Saturday class because of this matter...we had Social Workers, and Investigators from the Child Advocacy at our home all this week and weekend....
Thank goodness for a BLOG.....
...now how was that for a "spring break"...LOL..LOL....top that!
GOD WATCHES OVER BABIES AND FOOLS!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The time has come and I must prepare myself to say good bye. It has been fun getting to know you guys and working with you during these several months. I will continue to blog to keep up with everyone. One more weekend and I am history.
Take care and may God bless
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sometimes it's just good to be a lazy bumb....
I hope to keep in contact with you all even after NTI is over. This has been THE BEST class I have ever had to take!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In 2002 Georgia"s own Diane Watson and Indiana"s Dan Burton table H.R. 4163 to do away with amalgam.
Since 2007 murcury amalgam is totally ban. My doctor is no longer using mercury amalgam.
Monday, April 7, 2008
First and foremost, I have many reasons why I decided to change my career to teaching but for the sake of time, I will only list a few. My desire to teach came out of the fact that I love children. I believe that they are sent from God and that our role is to encourage and nurture them. Being a mother of 2 girls, I have learned a lot about teaching and thought that it would be a good idea to enter the classroom. As a teacher I get to cultivate the minds of young people, watch them mature, and assist them with making important career choices. This is a GREAT task that I don't take lightly.
Secondly, I've been self-employed as a Video Producer for 18 years and have had numerous corporate jobs in between. I've realized through all of this, that my true calling is teaching. Teaching allows me to share my expertise in video production with students, as well as teach entrepreneurial skills necessary for their future.
Thirdly, I'm not the type of person who likes to take orders from someone and work a regular 9-5 with crazy demands. However, I think that teaching allows you to be your own boss in your classroom, given certain parameters of course, but ultimately your're in control. I think that because of my long term status of an entrepreneur, I have the organizational and multi-tasking skills necessary for teaching.
There are several other reasons why I changed careers. Medical benefits were becoming very expensive for my family as both my husband and I were self-employed. Also, I wanted to have hours that were conducive to my children's school schedule. This was vital because I am a dedicated mother who enjoys being home with her children after school and during the summer.
In the end, I know God has ordered my steps into teaching and will give me a GREAT job in a school that needs me. I feel very fortunate and prepared because of NTI. I've been encouraged by all of my knowledgable NTI classmates and wouldn't trade this opportunity for nothing. I don't have a contract currently, but am waiting patiently for one and plan to pursue my Masters degree this Fall. If anyone knows of any Business Ed openings, please let me know. :)
Thanks to Dr. B and Mrs. Hayden for a great year!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Why I left my last job which was with an airline," too much travelling". Sometimes you have to travel away from home for days to do a job and if the job is not finish you could fly back home but you will have to return to complete the job you have started. So I decide to change, and change is not change until you change and that is what I did.
My friend dropped out of school the first semester. But I hung in there. I liked healthcare and nursing came easy for me. I think after having 3 kids, you just learn about healthcare whether you want to or not. You have to learn how to do first aid, give meds, take care of ailments, etc., to survive raising kids. So I had real life experience and nursing school helped me to learn more about healthcare, to learn all the necessary skills, and to do it professionally.
As a nurse, I was always involved in education. I enjoyed working with the graduate nurses or new nurses to our hospital. I liked being a preceptor to them. I enjoyed working with student nurses when they came to the hospital for their clinicals. I taught CPR classes, I gave inservices on new equipment, I helped with any kind of classes or education of the staff that was needed. I was the educator for the IV Team. I was (an still am) a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator). For about the last 10-12 years I taught Diabetes Self-Management classes to newly diagnosed diabetes patients.
A position came open at a new high school in Henry County for a HSTE teacher. I applied and got the position. Now I was wondering if I had done the right thing. I knew I wanted to teach and that I enjoyed teaching, but was this the right thing? I had been in healthcare for a long, long time. My first year of teaching was extremely difficult. Teaching was the easy part. The hard part was dealing with the behavior and discipline issues. I did not have a clue about how to do that. All I could think about was if these were my own kids, I would beat their little butts. After that first year I did not renew my contract. I decide to be a school nurse for a while. At least I knew how to do nursing and the behavior and discipline issues would fall to the teachers and administrators. I would just take care of boo-boos and give the ADHD medications.
So, I was a school nurse for about 2 yrs. Then another HSTE position came open at a new school about 5 miles from my house. I missed teaching. And I knew if I took this position I would need to get my certification. (If I thought I was too old to go to school and be a teacher at age 36, what the heck was I thinking now when I was 136??) So I prayed and prayed about what to do. I submitted an application. Within about 10 days I had an interview and was hired. Like so many of you, I truly feel the Good Lord put me where I needed to be. After almost 30 years in healthcare (10 years as a pharmacy tech and 20 years as an RN), I am a teacher. In a few more weeks I will be a full-fledged certified, clear and renewable teacher. HOORAY!
I'm not sure that I will continue to be a HSTE teacher. What I really want to teach one day is Reading. So many of my students cannot read or write on a high school level. And most of these are the very same kids who have the behavior and discipline issues. What a difference being able to read would mean to these kids. And one day, when I get really old and decrepit (I'm almost there! Ha! Ha!), I would like to get involved with adult literacy. I think everyone should have the abilitly to read. Can you imagine a life without reading? Reading is the key to learning. If you can read, you can teach yourself just about anything you want to learn. So one day I will be a reading teacher.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
When it became time to retire from law enforcement (and police officers know when its time to retire) a job opportunity teaching law enforcement became available at a high school just 8 miles from when my wife and I live. I applied and was hired. I love my job - of course instead of dealing with mainly adult delinquents and I am now dealing with mainly juvenile delinquents. However, I would not trade it for the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
As a kid I had a love for making things out of whatever. I guess I get it from my Dad. He always told me, "Son, you come from a long line of improvisers". It's true. My Dads' father was an entrepreneur. He and my Grandmother survived the depression because of his great improvisational spirit, resiliency and determination. My Mothers' father was a lumberjack and farmer. Whenever something broke he fixed it. He was the fix-it man for all of the widows and handicapped people in his town. My father and mother carried on that same spirit and passed it on to me. A love for tinkering, shop in high school, a Masonry certificate from Tech school, 25 more years of awesome construction learning opportunities, caring friends and a submission to Gods' guidance have brought me here to a place so awesome I would never have imagined it in my own mind. This past year and a half has been an undeserved and blessed time for me. A teaching job and NTI. This summer I will move into a brand new house, virtually debt free, in the beautiful town of Pine Mountain (my new property borders the state park!). I almost forgot to mention that the principal of Harris County High School is sending his "recommendation to hire" to Harris County's personnel director. I've accepted the job to teach construction there, ten and a half miles from my house! God is good!
My wife and I have taught bible study classes from second graders on up to the college level. I've always loved working with kids. Just like Tracy, I can see how God has prepared me for this job. A while back a good friend of mine, who works for Muscogee county, told me about the opening at Carver and said I'd make a good teacher. I talked to my wife about it, quit my construction business and the rest is history! Harris County High School will be my place of retirement if they'll have me that long! Dr. B, your recommendation for me to take the job at Harris county was a real convincer. It meant a lot coming from you. Thank you for your advice. I'm so excited!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I decided to go back to school to be a Social Studies teacher. I completed all the requirements except Student Teaching which would require me to take off work for three months. I was provisionally certified in Social Studies. So, being me, I sell all my tools, my truck, etc. move to Atlanta and then start looking for a job. Nobody was particularly impressed with my provisional Social Studies certificate.
The job I got was the only one offered me. It never dawned on me that I could be a T and I instructor until I got the job. My job has proven to be a good fit for me and I'm thankful to have it.
The first time I was asked about teaching in the high school level I just thought that I could not take the pay cut. Many times the HSTE position would come up. Then one day my husband said, "Maybe this is what the Lord wants you to do, quit ignoring it and apply" and so I did. I really enjoy teaching. The students bring me back everyday ready and eager. This first year has been stressful between being a first year teacher, going to NTI and making sure that I'm there for my family. BUT the stress is nothing in comparison to what it was when I was at the hospital.
I signed my contract without hesitation. I thought of my students and the look on their faces as they got excited about learning CPR or realizing the importance of hand washing. The look on my two state finalist face at HOSA competition was another priceless moment. Who would have thought that our first year we would have two state finalist. WOW! I was so proud of all the students who went and competed. (all 5)
There have been alot of good memories this first year. Most of all my family see a less stressed Mom and wife who is happier.
This student died as a result of a long-term heart condition.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
With all of the negative things going on in our school system, the main reason I signed my contract was my students. I was really considering a move out of state. Most of the freshmen were my first students and at the end of last year, they wanted to make sure that I was coming back because they wanted me to see them through to graduation. I think that says a lot. Also, I want them to keep a positive attitude about the accreditation issue and to know that we do have some good schools, students and teachers and that they had nothing to do with this situation. I don't want to abandon them and every time I get upset with them or something that the school has done and I get those thoughts of leaving, something starts tugging at my heart and all the frustration goes away. I guess I just really love them.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I have already signed my contract because I love what I do. Having worked this "job" for 2 years, I really feel blessed to be where I am in my life. You either love this or you hate it. While it can be a hassle, it is still the best job I have ever had. Every construction guy who reads this will probably agree- it beats roofing in 100 degree heat!
Next, they ask me, WHY? Well, because I LOVE to teach, learn, promote nursing as career, and be with my daughter. I always thought about how I could promote nursing to new people. I thought that the best time to spark someone’s interest in nursing is while they are young. I always wanted to teach children, but I did not know how to go about doing it. I love science and history, but to teach those subjects I would have to go back to school. :(
A friend remembered that I wanted to teach in a school with my daughter and sent me information about teaching health science. I thought it was a sign from God and my calling to take the job. It was a calling, but sometimes I am not sure who was on the other end of the phone? :)
I think teaching in high school is a wonderful new life experience for me. It is a great opportunity to combine all the things I love in life. To top that off, I get to share my life with young students that I will be able to influence in the field of health care.
Since I have been co-teaching biology and physical science, I have learned a lot with and about my students. I have demonstrated to the students how learning is a life long process and at any age it is fun. I help them with their assignments and encourage them to do better. In class, I am able to give many students that extra attention they need that supports them to continue to learn. During our lab experiments, I show them how to problem solve by allowing them the time to ask and answer their own questions. I like asking them questions as if I don't know the answer and have them explain it to me. It is a joy to have them sound so confident and reassuring in their response to me. After building relationships with the students in my classes, they now come to me for an explanation of their assignments or ask my opinion about how they should complete an assignment.
All of the above is teaching in my new career, but it is also nursing like in my old career. Both I love and both I will always be.
I signed my contract because I love it! Hell, Ive got 27 more contracts to sign! Might better get used to it. I will have my job until I'm ran off.
...I am proud to say that is not the only reason I TEACH NOW!...I love what I do....My teaching abilities were discovered through coaching....I was told by many people...wife included that I had a way of showing 'CLARITY' when dealing with youth....My first teaching job was in Special Education and it really made me learn to convey(often times difficult information) to kids that usually struggle with basic directions. I feel in LOVE with seeing kids "GET IT!" and the watching the lightbulb go off...
I left the classroom to work with Mental Health consumers(Still with the Board Of Education) within a month of that job I was placed in charge of Life Skills, Job Developing, and Interviewing techniques....It required alot of classroom time and I realized I miss teaching...
Four years later a Criminal Justice position was created in the County and My wife looked at me and I looked at her..BAM.....here I am in NTI getting certified!..LOL
I did sign my contract because I want to continue this career and I can honestly say that this is the most "fulfilling" job I have ever done....I LOVE what I do...it gets hard and tedious at times, but I love the constant change and challenge......oh yeah the summers aren't that bad!!!!..HA!