Archive for August 23rd, 2015


In Today’s News

August 23, 2015

Wells teacher Bob Sprankle

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 6.41.19 PMBob Sprankle is an amazing educator who has assisted countless numbers of teachers and utilized technology in his teaching that helped students use their voice in an authentic way. I first learned of Bob when the SEED (Spreading Educator to Educator Developments) program was underway. Years later I was interested in the work Bob was doing with students (and teachers) with blogging and pod casting.

Sadly Bob was forced to leave the classroom because of his health. I learned about Bob’s condition and am sharing this information with you in case you can help out. One thing Bob is still able to do is draw. Read Bob’s story on the front page of the Maine Sunday Telegram today, August 23 at

If you are an educator paying into the state retirement system Bob’s story could be your story. At age 52 Bob is unable to do what he loves – teach – and is unable to collect disability retirement.

Family and friends of Bob Sprankle are raising money to help defray the costs of his medical expenses, the loss of his job as a teacher at Wells Elementary School because of his condition, and failing to obtain disability from the Maine State Employees Retirement System.

To learn more and donate:


Art Teacher Goes to Space

August 23, 2015

Worcester East Middle School art teacher

Two teachers are prepping for a NASA mission. Setting an example of working hard in life to fulfill goals. What an example art teacher Stacy Lord is setting for her students. Check out the story, flying on Sophia!/news/new-england/Mass–Middle-School-Teachers-Gearing-up-for-NASA-Mission/322216081.

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