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Archive for May, 2007

This morning, I had the honor of giving the commencement address at the Ridgedale Alternative Program (RAP) in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. RAP is one of the several alternative learning centers that Intermediate District 287 administers.
An Alternative Learning Center (ALC) is generally a place where students come after they have had difficulties with traditional educational [...]

A few people have asked to see the essays that I wrote for the Teacher of the Year application. They have been included in the official press release, but for the sake of easy access, I’m posting them here in PDF format. Clicking on the links below will allow you to save them to your [...]

My grading backlog is gone! Every single paper I’ve gotten over the last three weeks is now graded and entered into the computer. To be honest, it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I had been grading parts of stuff when I had some free time over the past three weeks, and [...]

Lee-Ann Stephens, the 2006 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, said that she thought her teaching suffered due to responsibilities from the Teacher of the Year title. I’m starting to get an idea of what she meant. Over the past three weeks, there have been meetings, recognitions, interviews, and events almost every weekday. Time has [...]

The most moving aspect of receiving the Teacher of the Year award has been the emails and letters that I’ve received from former students. For two weeks, letters and emails have been coming in from everywhere. I’ve gotten calls from Japan, emails from New Zealand, and letters from all over the United States. Many of [...]

Last night, I had the honor of throwing out the first ball at the local minor league baseball team’s game. It was Japanese Heritage Night; the management thought I would make a good choice. I was happy to oblige. The St. Paul Saints are a fun team and I’ve enjoyed baseball all my life.
I assumed [...]

The selection process for Teacher of the Year in Minnesota, from start to finish, runs for about five months. Over the course of this time, the field of candidates is narrowed to a group of approximately ten finalists. The culmination of the process is a weekend event in which one Teacher of the Year is [...]

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