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Hi, my name is Earl Whittemore.  For eight years, I taught at the middle school level in Roxboro, North Carolina.  I spent a pretty equal amount of time between teaching Social Studies and Language Arts.  Honestly, even when I taught Social Studies, I taught a good bit of literacy skills.  Starting the beginning of July 2016, I transitioned to the role of Tech Director at my school, Roxboro Community School. In this new role, I endeavor to be a resource for my fellow teachers.  I provide professional development, resources for teachers, and model lessons.  Additionally, I am responsible for maintaining the network and the Chromebooks and laptops used in the building.

NCMap-doton-Aulander I had a bit of a winding road to get to the teaching vocation.  When I went to Wingate University, I eventually majored in Communications after brief flirtations with Chemistry, Religion, Philosophy, and Speech.  Once I graduated, I went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where I received a Master of Divinity degree, which is a misnomer since one can’t really master that topic.  I became a pastor in the eastern part of North Carolina in a place called Aulander (the red dot on the map).  While I was there I was given an opportunity to work as a teacher at a small private school in Lasker, North Carolina.  I fell in love with teaching, and over the course of a year, I decided to make a career change.  I retired from being a pastor and became a lateral entry (provisional license) teacher.

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My first year of teaching in Roxboro revolutionized my ability to teach.  The students that I had were an incubator for me to eventually flourish.  While it was difficult, I was blessed with a PLN that still influences me today.  I learned in a baptism of fire most of what I hold to be true in education.  These can be summed up as:

  • Students respond to teachers that love them by learning, but revile teachers that act like an adversary.
  • That doesn’t mean you let students do everything they want.  Love doesn’t mean permissive; it means you do whatever you can to make their lives truly better.
  • Your classroom needs to be a sanctuary where students feel safe from the potential insanity going on in their lives.
  • All students can learn, but they don’t learn in the same way.
  • Teachers aren’t the most important people in their students’ lives; parents are.  Teachers should try to be allied with those parents.

Now, I am in a different role.  That doesn’t mean I need to change a lot.

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