Friday, May 09, 2008

A Great Day (Vegas Trip Report Part 2)

A few days after I arrived in Vegas, Perry allowed me to come to work with him for the day. He is a second grade teacher in the public school system in Las Vegas. I spent the day with a remarkable group of students at Hollingsworth Elementary. Hollingsworth is located in one of the rougher areas of the city and the most of the kids come from less-than-ideal home environments. Perry told me that quite a few of them live in the weekly-pay hotels in the neighborhood.

It takes a special kind of person to manage a group of kids with such challenges. The students are lucky to have Perry. I have known him for about 12 years now and I have never seen him happier than when he is leading this group. He has a great system set up in the classroom and the children seem to enjoy and thrive in it. It was tons of fun going through the steps that constitute a day in the life of a grade-school teacher in the U.S.

Below are some of the photos I managed to take that day.

A good view of the kids from Perry's desk.

Perry leading the charge. The children respond well to him. I think the classroom is the perfect environment for him.

I was especially impressed by how well disciplined the kids are. They have a set schedule throughout the day and follow it to a "T".

They never missed a chance to mug for the camera. Kids throughout the world love to be silly when the camera is pointed at them.

Towards the end of the day, they get a few minutes of play time.

Thank you Perry for allowing me to attend school with you. It has given me a lot to think about regarding my future. I took away nothing but positive thoughts regarding teaching in Las Vegas.


MJ Klein said...

as i read this article i was a bit surprised to see Perry teaching in blue jeans and a t-shirt. when i was in Jr. High, a teacher got fired for dressing "cool" in jeans and a dress shirt. is this the standard now in US schools, or is this an exception? looks like you had a nice visit :)

David said...

hey MJ,
this is not the norm for teaching now. i believe it was a school "spirit" day and the t-shirt has the name/logo of the school. i remember perry telling me that dress pants and a shirt with a collar are expected on non-spirit days.
good observation!

Carrie said...


I'm glad you were able to follow through on this. You'll have to give me the specifics when we meet up. I'd like to hear more about teaching opportunities in Vegas. It sounds like things are really looking up for you!

David said...

Hey Carrie,
It was cool to get to see what's what from the inside. I am still not certain what I am going to do, but this experience gave me lots of food for thought.