April 4, 1990
Janis T. Gabay, an English teacher at Serra High School in San Diego, will receive the 1990 National Teacher of the Year award today at the White House. "I see my primary task as bringing out abilities and talents that students may not even know they have," Gabay says. State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig called Gabay "the prototype of the teachers we need for the 1990s."
September 9, 2008 |
'Think Ivy League," pleaded Mrs. Anderson, my English teacher. "Ivy League? What is that?" I remember thinking. I was in the seventh grade that day, a student at Mount Vernon Middle School in mid-city Los Angeles. I stood there in awkward disbelief as Joan Anderson explained the notion of elite colleges to me. I knew hardly anything about colleges: Neither of my parents finished high school. But my teacher understood that, and by the time I graduated from Mount Vernon, she had made certain that I was committed to going to college.
October 5, 2011
After 24 years of attending Back to School Night at my kids' schools, it's taking more self-discipline to show up. The traditional parents' night has changed over the decades, and not for the better. I'm not even sure when I first noticed the shift. But in the earlier years, teachers spent most of their allotted time — admittedly, in the upper grades they're given just 10 minutes per subject — previewing a year of learning. They skimmed the curriculum. Sometimes they lingered on a favorite topic or an important project.
January 21, 2003
Re "Reading, 'Riting and Rap," Jan. 14: I am deeply disturbed that tax money is being spent on such a celebration of ignorance. When will the LAUSD get a clue? These students need guidance, not a teacher who needs to feel "hip." The wasteland called public education grows even more barren. This is the biggest pro-voucher advertisement yet. How insulting to the students. The unspoken message is that the kids can't relate to anything that is beyond the 'hood. These are the students who need the most help.
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February 1, 1993 |
SOMALY MEAS English teacher, Lakewood. Born in Cambodia, Anaheim resident It's quite out of the ordinary for a 22-year-old Cambodian woman like myself to live away from home and earn her living. Traditionally women in Cambodia have been condemned to stay at home as housewives, not encouraged to have political opinions or a higher education. They are "slaves of the house," always in a role inferior to that of the men.
December 3, 2001 |
A man has been charged in the 1985 stabbing death of an English teacher who was discovered by his then-14-year-old niece, Philadelphia police said. Detectives used new technology to run a fingerprint found on a wine glass, said Barry Moskovitz, of the Records and Identification Unit. The development led to charges against William Basemore, 37, an inmate already on death row for the 1986 murder of a security guard.
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April 15, 1994
Prosecutors filed a felony charge Thursday against a 15-year-old Littlerock High School student accused of poisoning his English teacher by putting four to five drops of toxic cleaning fluid in her Diet Pepsi. The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, faces a single count of poisoning or adulterating a food or drink, authorities said.
June 9, 1990 |
Vietnam arrested and expelled an American English teacher for allegedly threatening national security and possessing secret documents, Hanoi radio and the teacher's sponsoring organization said Friday. Diplomats said the expulsion appears to be part of a widening crackdown on foreigners and internal dissidents meant to prevent Eastern European-style democratization in Vietnam.