Investing in our Youth – One Woman’s Mission to make a Difference

Investing in our Youth – One Woman’s Mission to make a Difference

Full disclosure this amazing woman is my relative and I couldn’t be more proud of the work she is doing to support the youth in her community.  Her drive, creativity and compassion is inspiring and hopefully a catalyst for others to follow suit. 

Heidi Maxie is more than just a math teacher. She’s seen as a “guardian and protector” of students at her O’ahu school, able to see beyond the surface to their deeper needs. She’s also a builder of bridges to her community, who in turn have all stepped up to support James B. Castle High.

Read the full article HERE

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A Teacher Mastering the Odds

A Teacher Mastering the Odds

Hurray for our Teachers who are making lemonade out of lemon circumstances!  This story profiles one such super hero, Mr. Jonte’ Lee!  THANK YOU for inspiring so many young minds to learn and grow, even during this difficult time!

A high school science teacher in Washington, D.C., is cooking up something special for his students every week — live from his home kitchen, which he converted into a chemistry lab.

Jonte’ Lee, a chemistry and physics teacher at Calvin Coolidge High School, has been conducting bubbling and fiery science experiments from the heart of his home and streaming them over social media and virtual platforms for his students.

“The reason why I turned my kitchen into a chemistry lab is for the love of my students,” said Lee.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, forcing schools to close, teachers stepped up. For National Teacher Day, “Good Morning America” is celebrating Lee and teachers from all across the country who are going above and beyond to help their students learn from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lee said the demonstrations have been great for student participation and engaging with students on a more personal level.

“When you have that great relationship with a student, you can push them forward academically. You are allowed to challenge them and those students rise up and meet the challenge,” he told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

He went on, “I have gotten 100% participation from my students. They complete the work, they ask questions.They don’t just come with their brain – they come with their hearts, their personalities. And that helps form a great student teacher relationship. If that’s strong, I can push them forward academically.”

Lee said he’s missed being able to check-in with his students in person.

“With any teacher, if we cannot see our students and we do not know if they are OK … if they’re having a great day, a not-so great day, did something exciting happen, did something not exciting happen,” he said highlighting the challenges of virtual learning. “We do not just educate the brain of the child, we educate the whole child.”

(BTW – I want to be a student in his class!)

Be Kind . Be Grace . Be Your BEST Self . Give from the Heart


Boxing with Heart

Boxing with Heart

Jessica Margulies started the Spectrum Bout because she saw the positive effects of boxing in her own life. She teaches students with autism spectrum disorder — ranging from 7 to 22 years old — at Title Boxing Club in Forest Hills, New York.

Fighting Illiteracy – A Voice 4 the Unheard.

Fighting Illiteracy – A Voice 4 the Unheard.

Fourteen-years old and illiterate, John Bunn was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. By the time he was 17, John had completed his GED and was reading anything he could get his hands on. Now 41, he is finally free—after nearly two decades in prison and ten years on parole – he is committed to sharing the power of literacy with those who need it most.

Through his organization, A Voice 4 the Unheard, John has collected over 80,000 books to build out libraries at Rikers Island, youth detention centers and beyond.

Source:  Great Big Story


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