What's middle school like?
I spend my days with hundreds of teenagers...teaching 8th grade English (at Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, WA), during which I try to convince 14-year-olds that writing and reading actually can be enjoyable and fruitful endeavors. To assuage my distress over the incomplete success of this work, I occasionally teach college courses in political science, and write...
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I am running for school board in the district where I live.
Here's the press release sent out yesterday:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Area Teacher to Run for School Board
Tacoma, WA – June 10, 2011 - Andrew Milton, an 8th grade teacher and university adjunct professor, today announced his candidacy for the open Director Position 3 on the Board of the Tacoma School District.Milton has taught Language Arts in a local school district for the last five years, and university political science for the last 11 years.
Mr. Milton wants to bring his varied experience in education to the board position, saying, “As a teacher, I have insight into what works and what doesn’t.Even more importantly, I know the need for effective collaboration among the community, school staff and administration.”
He acknowledges that the administrative controversies which have recently embroiled so many local districts are ultimately counterproductive, and wants to work to mitigate such conflicts.“I see myself as something of an insider with perspective…possessing an understanding of the dynamics of school life, and a commitment to serving the students and families of the school community.”
Andrew Milton teaches in the Steilacoom Historical School District and at Troy University (on Joint Base Lewis McChord).