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Honoring Veterans Today and Every Day

My dad won’t be pleased that I’m writing about him, but as he gave the Veterans Day Speech at the school where I am an English teacher and his grandchildren are students, he doesn’t have much of a choice.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Lin-Wood School community does Veterans Day… Continue reading Honoring Veterans Today and Every Day

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August 26, 1920: Giving Women the Right to Vote? How Dare you!

Hard to imagine our ancestors thinking, “How dare we give women the right to vote?  Hard to imagine brains who were shocked and awed by this appalling concept.  Hard to imagine there was a time when people fought hard to prevent women from voting.  Not just a few people either– the majority of folks in… Continue reading August 26, 1920: Giving Women the Right to Vote? How Dare you!

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Thinking of You, Charlottesville, With Both Hope and Humanity

So, as a teacher in a small town, I generally tread carefully with social media, trying to model for my high school students the power of words– when to use our strongest language and when we should just listen.    This is one of those times when helping our kiddos to articulate what makes them… Continue reading Thinking of You, Charlottesville, With Both Hope and Humanity

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Introduces New Prevention Legislation for Students : Stemming the Flow of Addiction

It’s not every day U.S. Senator and former N.H. Governor Jeanne Shaheen comes to Lin-Wood School.  Just two weeks ago, Senator Shaheen introduced new legislation to Congress aimed at preventing opioid misuse among students and student athletes. Today, she facilitated a panel discussion with other leaders in prevention including our own Nick Nelson (check out… Continue reading U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Introduces New Prevention Legislation for Students : Stemming the Flow of Addiction

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The Time a Parent Accused Me, a Teacher, of “Raping” with Reading

As a 23 year old teacher long ago, in a school district far from here, accused by a local minister of “raping” a young man of his innocence, we imagine the worst.  We imagine a teacher who has sent inappropriate photos or messages to a student she is responsible for professionally. What we don’t imagine… Continue reading The Time a Parent Accused Me, a Teacher, of “Raping” with Reading