Dear Novice Teacher, New Teacher, Seasoned Teacher, or Teacher Considering Leaving the Profession; We need you. Don’t go. You are here for a reason. We are in a profession where things go wrong, things seems too tough, we see things that break our hearts. We ache alongside those who are grievously wronged. We cry with…Read more
About: Mary McLaughlin
Mary has always loved learning, but was a struggling learner who couldn’t read until one day, the right teacher came along with the right methodology, and everything clicked for Mary. Understanding the struggles of children who just “don’t get it,” Mary has spent her career supporting children with learning difficulties and finding ways to excite them about education. Over her career, Mary has taught Second Grade, Third Grade, and served as a Middle School Administrator in Michigan, most often in the urban setting. In 2015, Mary relocated to Arkansas in search of new opportunities and is excited at all that has been placed before her. She currently teaches Special Education in a self-contained setting for children in grades 2-4.
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During my K-12 years I had one simple career goal. Anytime anyone would ask me that age-old question that adults always feel compelled to ask young ones, my answer came reflexively: a lawyer. Probably not what you were expecting me to say, huh? Even though learning was challenging for me, the dream pushed me. The…Read more
There comes a time in the life of every person when we have to make a decision: accept what is wrong or change what is wrong. If we choose the latter, we may choose to stand alone in our efforts. If we choose the former, we might just be contributing to the perpetuation of a…Read more
Assuming you already have your bachelor’s degree in education, a teaching license and have spent a handful of years teaching in the classroom, you can start taking the steps it takes to become a principal. The next step is to start earning an advanced degree in school administration, pass your state’s credentialing exam and obtain…Read more
When we were at the early heights of the pandemic, I was granted a transfer from my long-held elementary special education gig to one at my district’s high school. I would go from working with students who were, for the most part, in need of significant academic support to working with kids in need of…Read more
Last week my school’s second semester began. My paraprofessional and I were talking about how time flies when I said, “I feel like we’re all doing okay. Everyone’s working their guts out, but we’re halfway to summer vacation. Dang, we’re good.” She just stared at me. The pregnant pause was just too much. “Are you…Read more
Winter break is finally here and I’m exhausted. My colleagues are worn out. My administrators are ready for a rest. We’re pooped. But we feel a sense of satisfaction that in a year that will go on record as the ultimate crapfest, we’ve done our best to make it as great as we possibly can…Read more
A friend and I were enjoying one of our occasional FaceTime chats. We are both special education teachers and we are both from Michigan. She had called me to tell me she’d recently read about a decision made by the Sixth District Court of Appeals regarding a school district in west Michigan. In the…Read more
My state’s school districts headed back to school a few weeks ago. With hesitation, I returned to my classroom. It didn’t really feel as though I had much of a choice. My state doesn’t have an active teacher’s union as seen in other cities and states. There is no true recourse for those of us…Read more
The inevitable is upon us. After months and months of rising and falling data about the ill, the potentially ill, and the dead… being quarantined and wearing masks is still, advisably, the best option for prevention. So it would make sense, then, that we’re heading back to school. Oh, wait... I have my opinion on…Read more
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