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s8 - CAPE  Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 0 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Andrew Keegan photo Jim Crouton photo Submitted photo Principals for a Day Last week, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce spon- sored its annual Principal for a Day program. Guest princi. pals from thebusiness world participated in the daily routine of school from bus duty to the final bell. On Oct. 29, Dr. Donald Hattier performed the duties of principal at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. He has a chiropractic office in Bethany Beach and is a member of the Indian River Board of Education. Above, Hattier and Sussex Tech Principal Sandra Walls-Culotta listen to a student explain a project in the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program. Above left, it was back to the future for Brian Disabatino, center, as he sat in on Sue Seal's ninth-grade Spanish class on Oct. 30. Disabatino, selected as Principal for a Day at Cape Henlopen High School, toured various classrooms through- out the day. A native Delawarean who serves as vice presi- dent of EDiS, Disabatino is a firm believer in school commu- nity involvement. "My experience at Cape was excellent; more businesses and parents should take an active role in helping schools succeed," said Disabatino. "You can't walk away from an experience like this without a true apprecia- tion for the time, energy, professionalism and passion our teachers and administrators put into teaching our children." At left, Delaware River and Bay Authority Executive Director Jim Johnson, whose children attend Cape Henlopen School District schools, served as principal for the day at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton, Oct. 30. Johnson said the visit was his first exposure to "this exceptional schooL" The day's in-school service "recharged my batteries," said Johnson. He is shown talking with ILO. Brittingham principal Dr. Wayne Whaley, right. There is certainly nothing like teaching I was checking in with a substi- tute teacher at the end of the day. She said that teaching was the hardest job she had ever had. I smiled, thinking about my crazy days in the classroom, the demands and the expectations. In a conversation with a group of teachers recently we all joked about our need for sleep. The ft thing we like to do on Christmas break, spring break or a holiday is sleep. One teacher told the story that she visited her son and his family on spring break and spent the first two days sleeping! Exhaustion happens! There is certainly nothing like teaching. Diane Albanese This little story points out why most teachers wouldn't trade places with anyone for all the tea in China. it, m i SCHOOL JOURNAL Dinner Guests The elegant dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One well-dressed man who was an important and wealthy CEO, decided to explain the prob- lem with education today. He argued: "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decid- ed his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminded the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers: 'qhose who can, do. Those who can't, teach." To corroborate, he said to another guest: "You're a teacher, Susan. Be honest. What do you make?" Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, "You want to know what I make?" "I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like an F if the stu- dent did not do his or her very best." "I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence." "You want t knw what I make? I make kids wonder." "I make them question." "I make them criticize." "I make them ponder." "I make them analyze." "I make them interpret." "I make them apologize and it." "I make them write." "I make them read, read, r[d.....**.." "I make them spell'definitely and beautifully, definitely, beauti- fad, and definitely beautiful over and over again....until they will never misspell either one of those words." "I make them look closely in a mirror and like what they see." "I make them show all of their work-ups in math, and hide it all on their final drafts in English." "I make them realize the poten day after day." "I make them look deep into themselves to discover beauty and truth" "I make them excited about life." "I make them understand that blindness and deafness are not necessarily mere physical condi- tions. There are blind and deaf people who choose to he that way." "I make them underst,md that if you have the brains, then follow your heart ..... and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention." "You want to know what I make?" "I make a difference." "What about youT' Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen . _*,knnl r;,..;., ........... II