Since: Feb 08

Cape Girardeau, MO

#62 Feb 14, 2008
blahhh wrote:
its people with a degree that currently not employed by gideon school district.....know what the crap is goin on you idiot!!!
You should probably think before you type, you don't know what is going on either.
AMAZED

Kansas City, MO

#63 Feb 14, 2008
I am sorry .....was the topic not started on ppl wanting local teachers who have a genuine interest in the community and then someone started complaining about some teachers only having *GASP* General Studies degrees? And I was mainly complaining about ppl announcing weather or not others had passed the CBase ......
AMAZED

Jackson, MO

#65 Feb 15, 2008
hahaha I debated on that for a second but oh well we cant all be perfect......THANK YOU spelling police!!!!
guest

Enid, OK

#66 Feb 15, 2008
It is ok amazed we know you probably went to gideon school so all if understood and forgiven.
Southeast Missouri

Columbia, MO

#67 Feb 15, 2008
guest wrote:
It is ok amazed we know you probably went to gideon school so all if understood and forgiven.
What?
haha

Saint Louis, MO

#68 Feb 15, 2008
all "is" understood and forgiven...Isn't it a bitch when you correct someone and then turn around and make your own mistake, haha
Incredible

Saint Louis, MO

#70 Feb 17, 2008
AMAZED wrote:
hahaha I debated on that for a second but oh well we cant all be perfect......THANK YOU spelling police!!!!
You are more than welcome!!! Just doing my job.
bulldog parent

Traverse City, MI

#71 Mar 1, 2008
If you want to know why most new teachers come from Kennett,,,ask Ms. West and the teacher FROM kennett that teaches a class there. She's the one that recommends them. How many Gideon graduates are teaching in Gideon? Where are a lot of them from? Why did Ms. Smith, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Williams, Ms. Dirks and Ms. St.Cin quit? I miss them. Ms. Smith worked herself to death on History Day and we want her back. Why did some of our best teachers quit? Something's wrong here. My kids miss these great teachers!
Filling gaps

Lawrenceville, IL

#72 Mar 1, 2008
blahhh wrote:
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okay i give up please tell me who they are my guess is kenny hutchison, nikki johnson, lisa buchanon, ladonne buchannon, jerry buchannon... who are the others or do i even have these right?
I feel for Gideon in not hiring Nikki, but Portageville saw what a great asset she would be and hired her.
bulldog parent

Traverse City, MI

#73 Mar 2, 2008
Like I said, if you're not from Kennett, forget it. Or hometown people need a chance, Nikki,,,,do it for P'ville
You R Wrong

Hayti, MO

#74 Mar 2, 2008
bulldog parent wrote:
If you want to know why most new teachers come from Kennett,,,ask Ms. West and the teacher FROM kennett that teaches a class there. She's the one that recommends them. How many Gideon graduates are teaching in Gideon? Where are a lot of them from? Why did Ms. Smith, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Williams, Ms. Dirks and Ms. St.Cin quit? I miss them. Ms. Smith worked herself to death on History Day and we want her back. Why did some of our best teachers quit? Something's wrong here. My kids miss these great teachers!
Something is wrong and it is that you don't know what you are talking about!!!! You don't know who recommends anything or you wouldn't be complaining. Not everyone employed at the school works at Kennett. That is your drama working over time! Your comments are going to start rumors, as do most of the comments on here because people run their mouths when they have no idea what is really going on. Mrs. Dirks quit teaching to devote her time to her art career. Ms. St. Cinn went to work for the district she lives in and her son attend. Mr. Campbell merely moved away (not because he didn't want to work at Gideon- he loved it there)!

RN wanna be

Saint Louis, MO

#75 Mar 2, 2008
Go Dogs wrote:
Not everybody who have General Studies degrees can't pass the cbase. Several people have them because they do not want to drive all the way to cape to take a class. Yes, you are right, however, some can't pass the cbase. This does not mean that they can't be great teachers. Any body who is hired to do a job for our children, I could care less for what kind of a degree they have. There are just as many good teachers with the general studies degree as an education degree. I know several great teachers at Gideon who are wonderful teachers, and some that are not so good. That is not to say that our school is bad by any imagination
I agree with your comment about not being able to pass the cbase ruling someone out for being a great teacher. I am in school now to be a Registered Nurse. There are several students who will make excellent nurses but they do not do well on tests related to test anxiety. You cannot judge someone soley on how well they do on a test. Everyone else, please keep this in mind when saying someone just can't pass a test and therefore would not be a great teacher, it is not always true.
RN wanna be

Saint Louis, MO

#76 Mar 2, 2008
Mom wrote:
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I hate to tell you this but kids that go to Gideon School who are not gifted meet a harsh reality when they attend a University. I am not talking about BEC but a University. The kids at Gideon are not prepared for college. They do not even have the opportunities that kids from bigger towns have as far as the choice of classes and the quality of teachers. They are not taught how to really study. Due to the fact that we only have one class for students who are struggling and students who get it, the student who gets it, has to drag behind until the others catch up.
True Story! I do not believe that it is an automatic qualification to teach if you are related to a school board member.
I graduated from Gideon in 1997. I also have two children in the elementary school. Now I cannot speak for the high schools new teachers but as for the ones that were there when I was a student they are wonderful teachers and have the ablility to teach a monkey for goodness sakes because they are really good at what they do and they love their job. As for the elementary I know they have good teachers. I have never had a problem with any of the teachers. They are good with my children and they do what they can. I say "can" because I think a major problem with our school district is that we have dropped to the level of "No child left behind" we have some very bright and intelligent children in our school district but I do not believe that they are learning to the best of their ablities and that is not the teachers faults they are doing everything they are allowed to do. I believe that Gideon should move toward challenging our children. And someone earlier stated that the goal for "No child left behind" is a 100% pass rate on the standardized tests and once again I come back to some people, including children, are just not good test takers. It is a stupid goal if you ask me.
J Smith

Traverse City, MI

#77 Mar 3, 2008
Someone told me that my name was on the Gideon Topix page so I looked it up. It's sad when people try to start something on here. Gideon school has the best teachers of any place I know of and a wonderful school and administration. Many teacher DO NOT come from Kennett. Yes, there are excellent teachers from Kennett, but, you also have teachers from Bernie, Dexter, Campbell and many other places including Gideon!! Second,,,I did NOT work myself to death on History Day, that was my choice. The kids did ALL the work and I just supervised. It was wonderful and I really miss that. I did not QUIT,,,It came time for me to retire which I had been planning to do for several years. My husband had a stroke in August and my mom is in poor health so I spend my time taking care of both of them AND I also travel. Working at Gideon was like having your family around you all the time and I loved it. We had fun, we worked hard, and loved all of your kids. They are some of the best kids I have ever seen. Be proud of your school and support your administration and faculty. They are wonderful and I miss them dearly, but, I truly am enjoying my retirement. Love to all people at Gideon. Judy Smith
Curtis Miller

Saint Louis, MO

#78 Mar 3, 2008
whoa.. Mrs. Smith!...lol come back and see us sometime...:D plz
everyone misses ya
J Smith

Traverse City, MI

#79 Mar 3, 2008
Thank you, Curtis. I will do that. JS
Elementary Student Mom

Clarkton, MO

#80 Mar 4, 2008
My child is enrolled in first grade at Gideon Elementary and I'm very proud of the work he's doing and the work his teacher has done with him. I'm not aware of her teaching credentials, nor do I care to know. I can say this confidently because my child is reading at a level that impresses everyone around him. He's grasping math at an amazing speed and he feels very safe and secure going to school every day knowing he's going to learn and have fun and not be picked on or bullied. I personally know of several graduates from Gideon who went on to do amazing things educationally. The problem is not with the teacher's in Gideon when it comes to our students not being prepared for college. The problem lies in many factors, some of which lie at the feet of the parents, others lie in the region, many lie economically. I think instead of worrying which neighborhood our wonderful teachers in live in, we should be thankful for the wonderful teachers we have. The ones who live here with teaching degrees and aren't teaching here are doing fine. I'm sure they have no trouble sleeping at night because they are employed elsewhere.
disagree

Chesterfield, MO

#81 Mar 11, 2008
I have both a bachelor's and master's in the subject area I teach and have taught for some time. I find it rather disturbing that someone could take a test and be qualified in an area that took me a full degree program. We wonder why our students are not prepared for college and the work world; it could be the quality of our teachers. You can't tell me that if someone has never had a music class and can't play the piano, that they can take a test and teach as effectively as one with a degree in music. Or math, English, science? I think this change will come back to haunt us. There's no short cut to creating the knowledge base needed for a good strong background for an effective teacher. Then, they will use that background to build their career. Yes, they need enthusiasm and love of teaching, but the knowledge has to be there first. They have to know their subject and know it well. Otherwise, their students are being short-changed.
Shortage

Hayti, MO

#83 Mar 11, 2008
disagree wrote:
I have both a bachelor's and master's in the subject area I teach and have taught for some time. I find it rather disturbing that someone could take a test and be qualified in an area that took me a full degree program. We wonder why our students are not prepared for college and the work world; it could be the quality of our teachers. You can't tell me that if someone has never had a music class and can't play the piano, that they can take a test and teach as effectively as one with a degree in music. Or math, English, science? I think this change will come back to haunt us. There's no short cut to creating the knowledge base needed for a good strong background for an effective teacher. Then, they will use that background to build their career. Yes, they need enthusiasm and love of teaching, but the knowledge has to be there first. They have to know their subject and know it well. Otherwise, their students are being short-changed.
NEWSFLASH... There is a shortage of teachers in certain subject areas such as art, music, special education, etc. Don't sit around and complain about it, go back to school and get your degree in music or the subject you area disputing being taught by a qualified person. When teachers start making $50,000+ a year then maybe we can get picky about it. Someone compared teaching w/ alternate certification to a doctor operating who had not gone through all the practice he/she needed to become a doctor, BUT doctors make a heck of a lot more money, and I hate to tell you but there are a lot of nurse practitioners caring for us in the hospitals/doctor's offices. There are things you can't get from your degree that go a long way no matter what profession you are in.
Well

Wardell, MO

#84 Mar 11, 2008
Shortage wrote:
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NEWSFLASH... There is a shortage of teachers in certain subject areas such as art, music, special education, etc. Don't sit around and complain about it, go back to school and get your degree in music or the subject you area disputing being taught by a qualified person. When teachers start making $50,000+ a year then maybe we can get picky about it. Someone compared teaching w/ alternate certification to a doctor operating who had not gone through all the practice he/she needed to become a doctor, BUT doctors make a heck of a lot more money, and I hate to tell you but there are a lot of nurse practitioners caring for us in the hospitals/doctor's offices. There are things you can't get from your degree that go a long way no matter what profession you are in.
Well, I would hate to have a nurse who couldn't pass the state boards, or a lawyer who couldn't pass the bar exam. It doesn't matter how much money is involved. You should have the necessary training for any profession.

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