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Maureen Cadden brightens up the gym

Maureen Cadden brightens up the gym

By Becky Hoving

May 14, 2015

Nestled in her office in the depths of the fieldhouse, physical education teacher Maureen Cadden keeps her door wide open, sips a cup of tea, rests her feet on her “Just A Wee Bit Irish!” door-mat and smiles as students pop in to say ‘hello.’ When asked to speak about her teaching style, Cadden...

Weslow named General Studies principal

Weslow named General Studies principal

By Alexa Fishman

April 15, 2015

Mr. Daniel Weslow, a longtime educator and former director of the Upper School at New Roads in Santa Monica, has been chosen to be Shalhevet’s new General Studies Principal, the Boiling Point has learned. Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal told the faculty of his decision just before 10 a.m. this morning....

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

By Kendra Wertz

March 16, 2015

Most Tyrone High School students and faculty know Miss Chelsey Markel as the math tutor. It’s her job to help students who have not passed their Keystone math exams get ready for retakes by providing individual or small group tutoring. What most people don’t know is that Markel is also an AmeriCorps...

More at stake than one teacher’s job

More at stake than one teacher’s job

By The Editorial Board

February 23, 2015

The editorial staff of The Shakerite have covered a recent controversy within their school district: the decision whether or not to fire a long-time teacher over a potentially tragic mistake. It's tempting to take the easy way out in an op-ed--to respond only to an isolated incident, rather than...

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

By Alexis Mayhue, Bellwood-Antis High School

February 4, 2015

Let’s assume that everyone knows what Youtube is. You know, that place you go if you want to watch a funny animal video or to listen to that new song? Well, Bellwood-Antis High School teacher Pete Harry uses Youtube for a completely different reason. Harry's Youtube page has over 70 million views and o...

The Patriot discovers talent in new teachers

The Patriot discovers talent in new teachers

By Nicole Arrison, John Carroll School

January 27, 2015

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson HS, Tampa

September 30, 2014

The problem is not exclusive to Robinson. There are currently 42 high school vacancies in Hillsborough County, all that cannot be filled with a permanent teacher until after the freeze. Including Robinson, five of those positions involve high school math.

Teacher’s union files legal action against district

Teacher’s union files legal action against district

By Eric Staats, Portage Northern HS, Portage, Mich.

September 24, 2014

Because of a breach in contract, the new start time has lead the teacher’s union to file an Unfair Labor Practice against the district.

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

By Maayan Waldman, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles

September 15, 2014

A member of the Maccabeats -- the famous Yeshiva University singing group -- is working part-time at Shalhevet this year while he creates his own solo music album in Los Angeles.

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

By Siandhara Bonnet, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

June 10, 2014

The new science building isn't the only new aspect of the school under construction. Next year, we'll also have new room numbers, different wings, a new air conditioning system, and the walls will be painted over. The sad thing is that some teachers in those hallways have been in their rooms ...

Science teacher who loves coming to work named Teacher of the Year

Science teacher who loves coming to work named Teacher of the Year

By Emily Burleson, Cinco Ranch HS, Katy, Texas

June 6, 2014

Eighteen years may seem like a long time for lesson planning, lecturing, learning, but Teacher of the Year Sherri Wagner does not see it that way. “It’s new and changing all the time,” Wagner said. “I enjoy that. I always say I love coming to work because it changes but it’s just fun for...

Former dean hosts radio show

Former dean hosts radio show

By Adalie Zanis, Pottsville Area High School, Pottsville, Pa.

June 3, 2014

For 13 years before his retirement in 2012, students were called to see Mr. John Powers, the dean. Now, they can call him. “I don’t think I intimidate people like I did in my office,” Mr. Powers said. Mr. Powers, or JP, as he is known at WPPA radio station in downtown Pottsville, is one ...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

By Claire Kyllonen, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

May 23, 2014

Spencer Wiley stands before his students, his hands at the ready. With one look he has command of the room around him; 28 pairs of eyes stare fixedly, waiting for his mark. Not one word. Not one sound. Then, the music begins to play, and suddenly the room is enveloped with the resonating melodies and...

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

By Emily Leung and Frances Wu

April 23, 2014

Substitute teachers are always a nice change for Diamond Bar High School students, but their temporary stay in the classroom gives students little time to learn more about them. Although regular teachers have an entire year develop a close relationship with their students, substitute teachers don’t...

Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

By Arij Khanjee, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

April 18, 2014

The search for happiness takes many forms, and aquatic science teacher Megha Shah found hers through writing poetry. The Most Wondrous of Things was published in paperback and ebook formats last summer and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Nook and other outlets. The book was...

With birth of twins, athletic director experiences new outlook on life

With birth of twins, athletic director experiences new outlook on life

By Nicole Joerger, West Linn HS, West Linn, Ore.

April 14, 2014

“I am sure when I reflect in a year from now I will be astounded with all that I have experienced,” Kevin Mills, Athletic Director, said. “I would not change any of it for anything. I have found a way to surround myself with wonderful people, whether I am at work or home.” Mills’ added. “I...

From the mortuary to the laboratory

From the mortuary to the laboratory

By Victoria Messikian, Glen Rock HS, Glen Rock, N.J.

April 3, 2014

A 22-year-old girl is working in a vile room. It is cold and steel, and the young girl is surrounded by inanimate bodies. She is surrounded by the dead. Each body, raised slightly on angled rollers, looks as if it’s reclining on a lounge chair. Underneath, water constantly flushes to rinse out the...

Teachers return to school to advance their education

Teachers return to school to advance their education

By Brently Probacso, Harrisonville HS, Harrisonville, Mo.

April 1, 2014

Students often complain about how homework and school interfere with everyday life. Little do students realize that many teachers throughout the building are struggling with the same, everyday complications. Many teachers throughout the building are continuing on with their education. Though many have r...

Teacher shares passion for running

Teacher shares passion for running

By Nabeel Jawad, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

March 27, 2014

Mr. Benignus has his bow ties, Coach Turks has his mustache, and Mr. VandenBelt has his ponytail. “I started growing it around four or five years ago,” said advanced placement psychology and duel credit U.S. history teacher Garret VandenBelt, commonly referred to as Mr. V. “No students have...

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers

By Sally Cochran and Gennifer Geer

March 7, 2014

Most students just have to face teachers for a few hours each day. These students at Blue Valley High School in Stillwell, Kan., share what it is like to go home to the same people they have seen all day at school. They have a parent as teachers.

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat…”

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat…”

By Ayah R., Watertown Middle School, Watertown, Mass.

January 17, 2014

“When I was 16, I got hit by a baseball bat. I was passed out for a week and a half.” It all happened in the Watertown High School gym during baseball practice in 1996. A teammate swung a bat and hit Aram Manoukian on the right side of his head. He had surgery and five metal plates were put...

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

By Meredith Strickland, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

December 18, 2013

It’s a typical Sunday night, and you’re finishing up the homework you procrastinated on all weekend long. Your phone rings, and you read the message — it’s a text from your English Language Arts teacher reminding you about a quiz tomorrow. However, your teacher isn’t directly texting...

Teacher shares inspiring journey from West Africa to Pennsylvania

Teacher shares inspiring journey from West Africa to Pennsylvania

By Carly Crofcheck, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

October 15, 2013

If there were a Tyrone Area High School award for miles travelled on life’s journey, TAHS French and chemistry teacher Ganieyou Salamy would be a strong favorite to win. Salamy was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast, in West Africa. Salamy’s parents were originally...

Kind of an obsession: Teacher shares love for action figures

Kind of an obsession: Teacher shares love for action figures

By Natalia Alamdari, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas

September 14, 2013

Transcript: “I’m kind of always on the hunt for them. Everywhere we go, I have to stop and look. Even if we go to the drug store or something, I go straight to the toy aisle. If we go out to eat, if there’s a Toys R Us nearby, I’ll sneak over to the Toys  R Us. It’s just kind of an obses...

Better than paper: Teachers use creative hall passes

Better than paper: Teachers use creative hall passes

By Andrew Roberts, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

September 4, 2013

APs lurking, JROTC officers snooping and teachers on the lookout are all roadblocks and obstacles in our paths when trying to make a quick journey to the bathroom. The only things that gets students around these roadblocks are hall passes. For some students, asking for the hall pass means asking for...