School districts are having an increasingly hard time keeping their talented young teachers in the profession because of burnout at an early age. Teresa Lasley, a Washington, D.C. high school teacher, was facing that crisis prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year for the second time in 15 years.
“The crisis of turnover is not just a teacher problem, it’s a community problem,” Lasley said. “The presence of teacher burnout perpetuates a constant questioning for educators of their life work and passion to impact future generations.”
After watching several of her peers and colleagues struggle with similiar anxiety, exhaustion, and leave the education system altogether she decided to develop a program. Lasley is now a catalyst for trying combat teacher burnout by developing a focused, intentional and tailored, or FIT, instruction program for academic leaders created by the Instructional Gym.
After losing their son to heat exhaustion during summer practice at the University of Maryland in 2018, Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson have dedicated their lives to making sure parents of other student athletes won’t share their fate. Through the Jordan McNair Foundation, the couple has launched a nationwide crusade to provide youth athletic leagues with water tubs and knowledge about heatstroke.
As the B1G Conference gets underway this weekend, McNair’s parents are wary of the health risks facing football players and want to advocate for safety during this truncated season. They speak candidly about their experiences when they lost their son and what they learned during the process about what each student athlete’s value is to the schools where they have decided to play this fall despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several years ago (2014) Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, in northwest, hosted a meet the artist event celebrating the 90th birthday of photographer/musician Bob Hale a notable artist and one of the church’s oldest members.
Sitting on the porch of his modest two-story home located several doors from the church on Patton Ave., the Roanoke native reminisced about the life and times of his colorful and storied past.
Dr. Mary Dana Hinton said growing up in the rural South in an impoverished Black family during the mid-1970s and ’80s wasn’t easy. She remembers when she went to her high school guidance counselor to discuss her college options. Her counselor paused briefly, looked her directly in the eyes and then told her that as a Black woman in America, college wasn’t an option for her. Continue reading New president brings innovative opportunities to Hollins University→
Nine-year-old Kapri Garcia knew that all she had to do was mention the word “funnel cake” to her parents and her plan would likely be executed to perfection. The fourth-grader waited until September 17 before putting her strategic plan into action. When she woke up that morning she said, “Mom and dad, I think we should go to the Fair Food Funday event. I heard they have the best funnel cakes that money can buy.” Continue reading Thousands enjoy fair food without the fair→