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Coping with loss: a young person’s perspective

July 17, 2014

Four years ago today my mother died of cancer. 

World Cup tops them all

June 11, 2014

The excitement that surrounds high profile sporting events is something of beauty.

The attention events like the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA and NHL finals receive is truly amazing. It is a place for people to connect, find commonality and bond with one another no matter race, class, religion, gender or opinions they may have.

Travel ... but first to the library

June 11, 2014

Recently, my husband and I went on a vacation. A long-awaited and hard-earned vacation.  After our camera was pick-pocketed on the last day of our Caribbean cruise honeymoon in 2011, robbing us of nearly every single one of our photographs, we were determined to repeat the trip as soon as we could afford it.  We wanted to retake those photographs, to recapture those memories, and to feel less cheated and violated…because that’s exactly how being pick-pocketed made us feel.

Changing the way teachers are evaluated

June 3, 2014

Ohio is making changes to the way it evaluates the performance of its teachers. Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) is intended to provide a richer, more detailed view of teacher performance, with a focus on specific strengths and opportunities for improvement. While the OTES presents big changes for teachers, students, and administrators, our support for our teachers and commitment to our students remain the same.

What is the OTES?

Book Clubs: Reading as a community experience

May 14, 2014

“We read to know we are not alone.”

 — C.S. Lewis

Train like an astronaut

May 7, 2014

When the month of August arrives most parents and children have school on their minds. At the Armstrong Air & Space Museum we are thinking Space Camp. Space Camp is the Museum’s annual summer camp that lets students in grades 2nd through 7th train just like the astronauts do. Some of the highlights of last year’s camp included: flying in an airplane at the Neil Armstrong Airport, building a model rocket that gets launched, aquatic training at the YMCA’s pool, and running through tough obstacle courses on the Museum grounds.

The difficulties of teaching

May 6, 2014

I am pleased that the Wapakoneta Daily News has provided me with the opportunity to write about the Wapakoneta City Schools and issues surrounding education. It is my intent to use this opportunity to communicate with our community about many issues that we can address from an educational perspective. We don’t always have the ability to reach a diverse group of people, such as the readers of the Wapakoneta Daily News who live in and care about our Wapakoneta community.

Is it time to pay college athletes? YES

April 28, 2014

Arguably the most debated topic the NCAA has to deal with these days is the matter of whether college student-athletes should be paid.

The specifics of the debate are very wide-ranging, and determining whether the specifics of amateurism need to be changed is the primary task at hand. People who want college athletes to be paid want the following question answered: if athletic departments, conferences, executives, coaches and the NCAA itself can earn money from collegiate athletics, why can’t the athletes themselves earn money in the process?

Is it time to pay college athletes? NO

April 28, 2014

Over the past couple of years the topic of paying college athletes for the work they do and money they earn for their respective schools has been circulating rapidly.

College sports generate nearly $11 billion a year in revenues, and many argue a portion of those profits should be given to pay student-athletes; however, I disagree.

It is my belief that the experience, education and life lessons learned while in college consist of enough reciprocation for the work college athletes do on the field.

Cell phone etiquette that might offend

April 25, 2014

As a kid, my family always sat down and had dinner together and if the telephone rang we would never answer it.

Once my sister, brother and I began to get older and had phones of our own we were not allowed to have them at the dinner table with us.

Nowadays, with technology attached to our bodies in one way or another at all times it is hard to distinguish what the proper etiquette for cell phone use actually is.

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