Garland ISD teacher named presidential award finalist

(Garland ISD) July 17, 2013 – Last week, Coyle Middle School’s Jim Manley was named one of eight finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced the honorees, who were selected for innovative teaching methods that bring learning to life in the classroom. […]

Summer vacation for the man in debt

June 27, 2013 – Christy busted in my classroom too excited for schoolwork. Paris would be her summer destination. “Paris,Texas?” I asked. “Paris, France, Coach,” she giggled – although to me, Paris, Texas, sounded pretty good. The class erupted in vacation plans: Brittany was visiting her family’s beach house in Galveston while Charlie would deep-sea […]

Teacher summer reflections

(Rockwall) June 23, 2013 – My students clamored for summer break, having whined and begged for free days once Christmas ended (an exercise in futility… I give no free days, ever). After a year of higher standards, grueling tests and lackluster results, this class cleaned out their locker, turned in lingering assignments, and became freshman—another […]

No easy answers

(May 5, 2013) When my firstborn entered this world, he was sick, and as I stood over that Plexiglas baby bed, breathing tubes and wires and IV’s all braided around him, I was scared, devoid of answers. Now, he’s 18 and soon to be heading off to college with a myriad more questions floating before […]

Tough times call for stories

When my dad was a kid, his family was desperately poor, so poor that my grandmother secretly changed his birth certificate so he could work a year early.  He found a job as a delivery boy for a small drugstore and every morning (in the summer) that middle-schooler peddled his bike down gravel roads for […]

Q&A with Sherry Hamm of Helping Hands

As Director of Emergency Assistance and Referral at Rockwall County Helping Hands, Sherry Hamm is passionate about faith, family and helping those in need. Her humble demeanor is one reason a Blue Ribbon News reader nominated this “phenomenal lady and amazing role model” for our Good People profile series. After devoting 24 years to teaching […]

Every day’s a party at Art’s a Blast in Rockwall

Every day’s a party at Art’s a Blast in Rockwall

Retired teacher blends passion for art and teaching into new, artsy entertainment venue Rockwall resident Shay Cronin may have retired after 30 years of teaching in the RISD, but her love of art and her passion for people has put her right back in the classroom. There are no pop quizzes or final exams, no […]