Having worked in education all of my career, I'm fortunate to be able to look back on experiences I've had that have helped me become, at various times, a better teacher, principal and superintendent.
Young people (and teachers) can take part in the pen pal experience thanks to technology that connects us with the press of a button.
As the new presidential administration got underway, there was much controversy over many of President Trump's selections for his cabinet, among them, Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
The new year often brings with it a resurgence to change something. The new year can also be a good time to give students a boost with their academics.
Community members who choose to serve on school boards also give of themselves to the county.
Amanda Knotts, the new administrator for Brooks-Yates School, found her passion while in college.
The report cards for the state's school districts were recently released, and the findings raise more questions than they answer.
There was a time when the Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends were the bookends to the school year...
September is Attendance Awareness Month, promoted by Attendance Works, an initiative that promotes the importance of school attendance.
Every year, the National PTA celebrates teachers by designating the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week.
As educators, we strive to prepare the next generation for a life after secondary education, be it going to a two- or four-year college, being ready for the workforce or a combination.
Sadly, there's an epidemic in the nation today and Pickaway County is not immune.
Nathan Reisch has made the most of his high school career, excelling in academic and extracurricular endeavors.
I saw an interesting post on Facebook recently that listed a number of qualities that can't be measured by tests.
At my age (no jokes, please), you'd think that the time change wouldn't be a big deal. It's just an hour, right? I've gained and lost an hour twice a year for, well, many years.
A new national education law - the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - may be attempting to legislate civility by requiring one non-academic measure that will be included in school districts' accountability.
The current political climate leaves much to be desired in the way of modeling behavior, unless the behavior sought is boorishness and vulgarity.
The ESC Leadership Academy got off to a successful start this month with 18 members of area boards of education attending the first session, Board Member Roles, Responsibilities and Best Practices.
When explaining to people what an educational service center does, it comes down to our middle name: service.
As superintendent of the Educational Service Center, I'm the face of the ESC for Pickaway County educators.
As a lifelong educator, I've spent 36 years in administration and have had the pleasure of hiring great teachers and great supervisors.
A group of educators from Ireland visited Pickaway County last month and I was flattered to be among the local contingent who got to brag about what we do here.
Mona Clifton and Jennifer Rieder love driving a bus.
If you are an educator in a Pickaway County school, your work with our students generally ends when they finish high school. But for Christy Mills, her job is to encourage students to pursue educational opportunities after high school.
Summer break for kids may mean time away from learning but studies have shown that shouldn't be the case.
Pickaway County schools will be losing two valuable employees as curriculum directors Jill Riddle and Debbie Younge retire this year.
All week I've enjoyed seeing posts on social media recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week. The week started Monday with Bus Driver Appreciation Day and Tuesday was designated Teacher Appreciation Day.
I've often touted how a key role that the Educational Service Center plays is to provide services to our school partners. One such partnership is with Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
Sydnee Roese has high goals of making a difference in the world, and she is already on her way.
The frequent laments that children spend too much time with electronic gadgets may be warranted, but they're also finding time to read for pleasure.
I love when schools try something different. We learn from what others have done, what's worked and what's failed. When it's a Pickaway County school, that pride is magnified.
A year after Pickaway County implemented a $242,000 grant to help identify and work with children who might not be at the correct reading levels, the results are impressive.
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