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February 14, 1991 | LESLIE HERZOG
When Famous Hooks was a boy in Chicago, the boundaries that defined white school districts kept moving. Each time, Hooks and his mother moved with them. "It was unheard of to have a black in an all-white school, but she was determined," Hooks said. "It seemed like you could never live in the right place in that city, but that didn't stop her. Every time they changed things, Mom would say, 'Well, it's time to move again.' " Today, Hooks is still in motion.
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.
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 | Marisol Leon, Marisol Leon graduated from Yale in 2007 and spent a year working for a nongovernmental organization in Chiapas, Mexico.
'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.
December 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Middletown Township teachers went back to their classrooms Monday after a weeklong walkout that got more than 200 of them thrown in jail. There were plenty of hard feelings to go around: Teachers, parents and students all expressed resentment over the walkout, which disrupted child-care arrangements, left children idle and teachers feeling unappreciated. "It's a serious tear in the community," said Mel Clifford, an English teacher at Middletown North High School.
May 27, 2012 | Mitchell Landsberg
Ashley Caswell had never been a believer in love at first sight. Then she met Army Sgt. Brian L. Walker, a fellow military policeman at Ft. Bragg, N.C., who hailed from Lucerne Valley, Calif. "He had me at 'hello,' " she said. Like her, he had blond hair and piercing blue eyes, and it turned out that they had a lot in common. "We could do anything together," she said. "We loved everything outdoors -- fishing, hunting, camping, hiking. " On Dec. 11, 2010, they were married in Las Vegas, and one year later they both deployed to Afghanistan.
February 1, 1993 | Compiled for The Times by Trin Yarborough
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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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