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PETE DECANDIA

Founder & CEO

FAVORITE TEACHER MOMENT

In December of my first year teaching when my students finally figured out my first name and one day after lunch I come back to my classroom to “Peter” written hundreds of times on all of my white boards and blackboards.


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CLEMENTINE JACOBS

Teacher Community Coordinator

FAVORITE TEACHER MOMENT

One day, a student asked me how to say “carne asada” in English which literally translates to “grilled meat.” I told him that there is no translation and we also call it “carne asada” just like how we say “taco” and “tortilla” without translating. Upon hearing this, he laughed so hard we both had to leave the room because we could not stop! The next day, he presented me with a signed drawing of carne asada which holds a place of honor on the wall behind my desk.


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JASON LEWIS

Assistant to the CEO

FAVORITE TEACHER MOMENT

In the middle of teaching my favorite book To Kill A Mockingbird, my students were collaboratively creating posters. When one student asked if it was okay to describe Atticus' tone of voice as "solemn" another group misheard her and thought she said "Gotham." The "Gotham" group then went on to explain how Atticus Finch is Batman and that the classic American novel was just a prequel to The Dark Knight. 

 

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JULIE OXENHANDLER

Social Media Specialist

FAVORITE TEACHER MOMENT

Being a teacher has a lot of ups and downs. One of my least favorite parts of the job is running detention. One day I brought my lunch with me to detention.  Kids eyes got wider and wider as I ate bell peppers, snap peas, and spinach. Finally one of my boldest kids, made an even bolder move. Hey, Ms. Ox, he said if I eat that green stuff can I leave early? I never loved this kid more. 6 bites of my salad later, we both left detention early. Best decision. For the rest of the year  that student often ate part of my lunch or at least gave whatever “green stuff” I had a try.