A Teacher

When I consider all the things for which

I am thankful: my life, my family, my health, friends

The freedom to be an American, and the beauty of

The world in which I live, I know also

That I am deeply grateful for my profession.

I have the most important job in the world!

I am a teacher.

I am sometimes awestruck by the responsibility

Placed within my hands

To teach the future citizens of the world.

Before me in my classroom sit

Future scholars, philosophers, poets and architects,

Writers, doctors, craftsmen,

Future parents,

Waiting and trusting that I will help

To guide them, and give them the skills needed

To live in the future world.

Some days I am discouraged, frustrated, overworked

Or angry because of all the demands placed upon me.

It only takes a quiet time of reflection, though

For me to remember how deeply proud and grateful

I am to be a teacher.

Many years from now

When I’m no longer here

It is my hope that men and women

Will be thankful for their lives,

Their health and friends

The freedom to be an American

And the beauty of the world

In which they live,

And perhaps will live a bit

Better and with greater joy because

I was their teacher.


~Marlene Zahn Chaney, 1990

A Teacher’s Prayer

I want to teach my students more than lessons in a book;

I want to teach them deeper things that people overlook~

The value of a rose in bloom, its use and beauty too,

A sense of curiosity to discover what is true;

How to think and how to choose the right above the wrong,

How to live and learn each day and grow up to be strong;

To teach them always how to gain in wisdom and in grace,

So they will someday make the world and brighter, better place.

Lord, let me be a friend and guide to give these minds a start

Upon their way down life’s long road, then I’ll have done my part.

~Jill Wolf

The Teacher

Lord, who am I to teach the way

To little children day by day

So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them knowledge, but I know

How faint they flicker and how low

The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them power to will and do,

But only now to learn anew

My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them love for all mankind

And all God’s creatures, but I find

My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,

Oh, let the little children see

The teacher leaning hard on Thee.

~Leslie Pinckney Hill


Online Summer School for all High School Students

It’s that time of year when students are looking for summer school to enhance or supplement their education.  Please share this out with all teachers, parents and administration.  It could help students get into colleges or trades that will make a huge difference in their lives.  This is the same curriculum that The Bridge Virtual Academy utilized.  Thanks!  ~Sandy



Looking for Algebra 1 and Math 1 teachers!

If you are an Algebra I or Math I teacher, please see below.

WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a study during the fall 2017 semester to evaluate the Querium StepWise™ Virtual Tutor for Algebra. StepWise is an online supplemental homework and quiz program that uses artificial intelligence to help students improve their mathematics problem solving. Aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the intelligent tutoring system provides real-time, personalized tutoring to Algebra 1 students with the goal of achieving outcomes similar to those found with 1:1 tutoring.

Participating math teachers will receive stipends up to $850 for their involvement in this 8-week study! To participate, teachers must: a) be currently teaching Algebra I, and b) have at least part-time 1:1 student access to a computer, laptop, or tablet.

Please indicate your interest in participating by Friday, May 5th:


Please also forward this information to any Algebra 1 teachers who you think might be interested in participating. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Bryan Matlen, Ph.D.
Research Associate, WestEd, STEM program quierum@wested.org

Causes of ADHD

Causes of ADHD according to cdc.gov

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Scientists are studying cause(s) and risk factors in an effort to find better ways to manage and reduce the chances of a person having ADHD. The cause(s) and risk factors for ADHD are unknown, but current research shows that genetics plays an important role. Recent studies of twins link genes with ADHD.1

In addition to genetics, scientists are studying other possible causes and risk factors including:

  • Brain injury
  • Exposure to environmental (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age
  • Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Premature delivery
  • Low birth weight

Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos. Of course, many things, including these, might make symptoms worse, especially in certain people. But the evidence is not strong enough to conclude that they are the main causes of ADHD.

For more information about cause(s) and risk factors, visit the National Resource Center on ADHD.