A good teacher can instill optimism, spark the imagination, and foster a love of learning. Judy Whitesell's remarkable teaching skills is reflected in this comment by Brad Henry. When Brad Henry was an assistant coach with the New York Knicks, he spent time each day watching game films with coach Mike Dunleavy.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Judy is that she is one of the most positive people I have ever met. She has a way of making you feel like you are the only person in the world who struggles with life's challenges. That is certainly true of learning disabilities, which she suffered from as a child.
Judy taught high school English for thirty years before becoming a full-time mom. She is now the director of special programs at Manasquan High School in New Jersey.
Her son Brad was drafted by the Knicks in the second round of the 1994 NBA draft. He played three seasons for the team and then moved on to other leagues around the world. Her daughter Amy went to college on a basketball scholarship - she currently plays forward for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.
It's amazing what you can learn from others' successes and failures.
Carver quotes "The key to unlocking the golden door of freedom is education." When you accomplish the ordinary things in life in an unusual way, you will capture the attention of the entire world. "There is no hope where there is no vision." "There is nothing more magnificent than the beauty of the forests before morning." These are some of the words of wisdom from George Washington Carver.
George Washington Carver was born on May 5th 1864 in Cardenas, Cuba. He was the son of a white plantation owner who died when George was only nine years old. Then he went to live with his uncle. At the age of 12, George wanted to learn how to write so he could write letters to people who had not heard from him for a long time. In 1872, the family moved to Missouri where George took up farming. In 1880, he moved back to West Virginia and started work as a farm hand. In three years, he became one of the best farmers in the area.
In 1888, George married Ida Boggs but she died four months later after giving birth to their daughter Lucille. After her death, George decided to go to school to learn how to care for crops properly. In 1893, he graduated with a degree in agriculture from Iowa State University. While at university, George learned about soil conservation which led him to invent new ways of growing crops without using much fertilizer or pesticide. This made him very popular among farmers all over America.
"Education is the key to unlocking the golden door of freedom," says Carver. "There is no hope where there is no vision." These are just two of the many quotes that have been attributed to American civil rights leader and abolitionist George Washington Carver.
He has been called the "Father of Agriculture" for his contributions to crop improvement. The first soybean seed produced by a scientist was grown from an original seed collected by Carver during a trip to Missouri in 1866. He also developed hundreds of varieties of corn, most notably the 'Mid-Western' hybrid. His work with peanuts helped establish South Carolina as a leading producer of this commodity.
Carver received several academic awards for his work as a teacher at Agassiz College in North Carolina, but he found greater success after moving to Kansas in 1894. There he established the first agricultural experiment station in the state. The station hired local farmers to help it conduct research projects on crops such as cotton, sugarcane, and peanuts.
His ideas about education went beyond just teaching people how to grow crops. He believed that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn whatever they want, even if it isn't related to agriculture. This idea forms the basis of what we now call vocational training.