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Get Inspired: Our Favorite Teacher Story of the Week

Our readers, along with celebrities and others, gush over the teachers they adore. Here’s our favorite this week.


Inspired by our documentary TEACH, we got talking about how we all have a favorite teacher we often think of, but that we rarely share these important stories out loud. So we’ve kicked off a contest asking readers to send us stories about the teacher who’s had the biggest, most positive influence in their life. And we’re donating upwards of $10,000 to the schools of those teachers with the most and best entries.

Below, Brandon Zavala shares the story of his favorite teacher, Shawn Johnson of William J. Knight High School in Palmdale, Calif.

I always had a fondness for learning. Picking up a book and losing myself within the pages of a story was an organic trait. However, what I lacked was the breadth of historical expansion and passion for the world beyond what I knew in the books and movies I had seen in my youth. Eleventh-grade U.S. History changed that. I had this teacher that did not push me to my limits but inspired me to push myself to the precipice of my own understanding. Teaching for him didn't feel like a lesson plan, or some predefined "assigned-learning-outcome." It was natural and flowing. On the first day of class he told us that his hope would be that we wouldn't just flip past the History Channel on our way to whatever was on MTV or Comedy Central. Now my TV is locked on the History Channel or PBS during a Ken Burns documentary. Mr. Johnson was not easy though. He set the bar high, challenged us, and we all sprinted to the rolling cadence of his dynamic lectures that captured my attention as the 1969 moon landing captured the attention of the world and the imaginations of a generation of children. It was the stories he accompanied alongside the lectures. Andrew Jackson being told as a child by a British soldier, "Clean my boots," and Jackson's attempt to kill the redcoat. Or the real-life stories of how the New Deal affected Americans. He made history come alive and understood that it wasn't the past but the prediction of the present. Shawn Scott Johnson, thank you for adding fuel to a fire. It wasn't about getting an A. It became about the desire to make you proud and show how much we knew, the passion you instilled in us that made the opportunity to sit in your classroom a privilege.

Send us your story to help us grow the donation pile ($2 added for every story up to $50,000), honor your teacher, and possibly win money for your school. So tell us, who’s your teacher hero?

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.

Article from the site: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/18/get-inspired-our-favorite-teacher-story-week


Summer Science Academy for Teachers - DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JULY 10, 2014

Antelope Valley College will hold a summer science academy, for 5th - 9th grade teachers. This year we will offer a combined Biology, Physical Science (Chemistry/Physics) curriculum. The academy will run July 21 to August 1, 2014 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for two weeks for a total of 72 hours. For any participant who completes the two-week academy there will be an opportunity for three units of graduate credit available (fees not covered by the program). The summer academy will follow an intensive and hands-on schedule that follows NSF approved teaching and learning methodologies. We will use the latest available technology-based data acquisition equipment and all activities will follow a case-study/project-based learning approach. Both subjects will be offered simultaneously and all participants will be engaged in both curricula.

Dates: July 21 - August 1, 2014

Location: Antelope Valley College
3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, Ca. 93536
Health and Science Building

If interested in applying please use the application link: Teachers Summer Science Academy



Bring an Engineer to Your Classroom
If you are interested in bringing an engineer to your school, please complete the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics request form found below. The Engineers in the Classroom program consists of more than 200 volunteer employees that are trained to lead K-12 students in a career presentation and hands-on activity. A visit typically lasts 45 – 60 minutes and can be tailored to meet students’ specific needs.
Request a visit using this form!


No-Cost Summer Travel for Teachers

What Experience is Right for You?

The Application Adventure

Decisions, Decisions

I Have an Invite -- What's Next?

Read about one teachers expericence in the area and the helpful hints she can provide.  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-travel-for-teachers-suzanne-acord