Time to meet some REAL BADASS TEACHERS!
Virginia Davis Wyeth has been teaching a decade in an inner city public school that also happens to be the number one school in Arkansas. Last year, over 85% of her students passed the AP Literature Exam. Some of her former students are currently attending Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Vassar, and Chapel Hill. Last winter she found out via Facebook that a former student of hers had slid off the road in an unexpected snow storm. The student’s parents were out of town, and she was stranded. Virginia and her husband got into their 4WD and drove into town (20 minutes away without snow or traffic). The roads looked like a scene from the apocalypse. Virginia and her husband rescued the now college student and drove her across town to a friend's house to stay the night.
Jack Stansbury has been teaching for ten years. He has taught math at a middle school in an urban setting for three years, math and technology education in another middle school in an upper middle class suburban setting, and now math and computer science in a rural magnet public high school. A student of Jack’s went to an orientation weekend at MIT. He was talking to a junior there, describing a class he had taken from Jack. The MIT junior said, “Oh, we don't get that class until our junior year here."
Rose Reyes has taught for 14 years in Connecticut. She taught for three years in a NYC Bilingual education program in spite of “Special Master” dismantling. She has testified, lobbied, and presented for the last 3 years in the fight for Bilingual students in Connecticut.
Molley Kaiyoorawongs has been teaching for 5 years in DC. She uses class time for students to record back-to-school night videos for their parents. They presented projects that they were proud of in a medium they were excited about and the students glowed with pride when their parents saw them!
Michael Dixon has been a teacher for 24 years. He was in Irvington for 8 years, then moved to Newark for the last 16 years. He spent three years as a permanent substitute when there were no openings. He has coached every sport - baseball, girls basketball, robotics coach, and peer mediation. He was one of Essex County teachers of the year and was inducted into Irvington high school baseball hall of fame. One of his HS baseball players went to Sussex County College. Michael paid his fee to take his entrance exams and took him to the tests. This young man now plays on the same men’s team as Michael.
164 Years of collective teaching – now that is Badass!