Monthly Archives: February 2019

Happy Black History Month! We are eager to be celebrating the great heroes whose struggles have become our change. This month, we are putting the spotlight on the resilient Black women, who’ve contributed so much to our culture, history, and progress.

Mary McLeod Bethune, The Educator. She dedicated her life to the world of education by starting a private school for African American youth in Daytona Beach, Florida and even became a co-founder of an organization that funds scholarships for black students. Maya Angelou, The Artist. With her passionate ability to write such powerful poetry so eloquently, Ms. Angelou took on the great responsibility of impacting the culture. Marian Wright Edelman, The Activist. She made great strides in becoming a change maker for children’s rights and became a voice for poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities when she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. Michelle Obama, The Leader. As the very first African American first lady, she pushes others to become the best versions of themselves while advocating for higher education, healthy living, and poverty awareness.

Each and every day, we are given endless opportunities to make our mark in the world. Let us take encouragement from the accomplishments of these great leaders and become the change!

Click on the icons below to find lesson plans for the classroom, focusing on these four extraordinary women:

How long have you been a substitute teacher? 8 Months.

Why did you choose education as a career? Helping direct young minds is not just a position, but an honor for me. To be part of the process of helping someone find their potential can be a responsibility but it's an interesting challenge as well. The prospects for education sometimes seems not so bright in this nation, with less people interested in teaching, shortages and various other issues. It is becoming, in some senses, harder to become a teacher. However, it is such an important position.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? My fondest memory was when a student expressed their love for my teaching style to a fellow teacher. It was a proud moment for me to hear that I had clearly explained the subject to that student in memorable way. Its flattering and needed since getting good feedback is part of what keeps teachers going. Another funny memory that stays with me is when students call the x-axis the "ex-axis" and pi, "pie!"

Why is being a substitute teacher important? It gives teachers important experiences, both in their skills and in finding the school that he/she likes. Secondly, for students, it offers exposure to a range of people, which broadens their outlook in multiple manners. Substitute Days can be seen as "lost" teaching days, but good subs can change that perspective!

Would you like to share anything else?I like music, gardening and I'm a closet Barry Manilow fan! It's so important to lead a balanced life, so I always encourage my students to pursue different interests too. I also like to explore different cultures and learn new languages. I enjoy learning about history and the importance of connecting to one's roots.