Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Good News of Good New Teachers

Erin Sweeney, new third grade teacher at
Cove Elementary School. Go Erin!
Who isn't inspired by the teachers who work and plan and hope to make a difference in the lives of their students? And when asked, who of us could not name that one teacher who had a significant impact on us? Mine was Mrs. Manning, the junior high English teacher who helped me love stories and language and rhythms at a time when, well, I needed to learn to love something other than . . . my own selfish world.

So I hope this story I wrote on good new teachers in the area will remind you of that one (or two or three) who took you in a new direction. Which of course made all the difference:

Fresh faces to greet students:

Several districts report increasing number of new teachers

As third-graders at Cove Elementary School in Beverly start a new year, their teacher Erin Sweeney, 45, will be starting a new career. Her second, as a matter of fact. No, make that her third.
A former project manager for a publishing company (career No. 1) and mother of three (career No. 2), Sweeney says she’s excited to meet her students tomorrow. Armed with a master’s degree in reading from Salem State University and four years’ experience as a paraprofessional at Hannah Elementary School, Sweeney is prepared and nervous all at once.

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