A rowdy boy almost made her quit teaching. Then he became her son

Fourth-grader Jerome Robinson was the bane of his young teacher's career. "At certain points, his behavior got so bad," Chelsea Haley said, "I thought, 'I can't do this anymore. I can't be a teacher.'" Haley joined Teach for America to make a difference in a low-income school. She did not expect to encounter a tough boy like Jerome. She definitely did not plan on adopting him and his little brother. "I never thought I'd be a single mom at age 24, especially of two boys, one of which was my 12-year-old student. And the other one who was only a year-and-a-half." Teacher and student form unlikely bond Haley had been chairwoman of the College Republicans at the University of Georgia. While interning on Capitol Hill, she sat in on meetings about education policy and joined Teach For America upon graduation. That's how she ended up at an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, struggling to control Jerome Robinson and, somehow, gaining his trust. Other teachers would send the boy to Haley's classroom, where she made him get his work done. "I got a lot of thankful emails and knocks on my door," she said. Jerome lived with his birth mother at the time. "It was really hard on her after she lost her husband," Haley said. A little sister also passed away. "It was just a combination of tragedy coupled with the other social situations you face when you live in poverty." The boy, and his newborn brother Jace, moved around a lot. "They spent a lot of time living with their grandparents." Birth mother makes bold request By 2015, Haley was finishing her two-year Teach For America obligation, but she felt something pulling her back as though her work wasn't quite done. The school principal suggested Haley stick around "for Jerome." She did, signing on for a third year as a special education teacher. One night that October, Haley felt as though God came to her in a dream, telling her she was destined to be Jerome's mother. She laughed out loud, thinking the idea was preposterous, Continue Reading

Cincinnati-area nun charged with voter fraud, quits teaching post, after casting absentee ballot belonging to fellow nun who had died

 An Ohio nun was charged with voter fraud for casting an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election that belonging to a fellow sister who had died, authorities have said. Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, allegedly voted both under her own name and under the name of Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had passed away a more than a month before last November's poll. Kloos, of Delhi Township, faces up to 18 months in prison after being charged with illegal voting. She reportedly quit her job as dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Cincinnati’s College of Mount St. Joseph's and intends to plead guilty to the charge, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Two others have also been charged with voter fraud, after an investigation carried out by the Hamilton County Board of Elections'. Russell Glassop, 75, allegedly voted on behalf of his dead wife. Long-time poll worker Melowese Richardson, 58, has been charged with eight counts of illegal voting. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told the Enquirer: "Elections are a serious business and the foundation of our democracy." "Individual votes may not seem important, but this could not be further from the truth," Deters added, before revealing three additional cases are still being investigated. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Stricker can’t quit now

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Steve Stricker is three shots off the British Open lead, not so long after being so close to giving up the game. He won two tournaments in '96 and slumped until a good year in 2001, when he won the Match Play Championship. Then he hit rock bottom in 2002, '03 and '04."I fell off the map there awhile," he said after tying the Carnoustie course record with a round of 64 yesterday. "I didn't have the desire that I needed to play this game. I really wasn't sure if this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."The comeback began after he failed at Q-School in 2005 and he had to call tournament directors, hat in hand, to ask for exemptions."It wasn't a spot where I wanted to be in, begging for spots to get into the field," he said. "That probably added to my desire and fueled me to work harder and get back to where I should be."The game is not such a life-or-death situation anymore. I'm more at ease out there, I think, and that's resulted in some better play."Stricker has played well at the majors. He tied for sixth at last year's U.S. Open, for seventh at the PGA and for 13th at this year's U.S. Open.BAG MEN: A change back to his old caddie helped Chris DiMarco get back in the mix.DiMarco enters today's final round at 3-under 213 following a 66 yesterday with Pat O'Bryan on his bag. He fired O'Bryan after last year's Open when he finished second to Tiger Woods with Ryan Rue filling in as his caddie. But Rue didn't work out and he went back to O'Bryan three weeks ago."I went to a guy I had to teach everything to," he said. "To be honest, it got to be a burden. I don't have to do that with Pat. He knows his job, he knows what he's doing. And we go out there and we play golf and we're a really good team. I've had a lot of guys come up to me and say, 'What took you so long?' ... I think that I'm just a different player with him on the bag."FESCUE ME: Paul Casey (69-214) made a "weird" bogey on the fifth hole after driving it into the Continue Reading

Newt: Bilingual ed teaches ‘ghetto’ language

WASHINGTON - Potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich blasted bilingual education yesterday, saying it teaches "the language of living in a ghetto." "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," said the former House speaker, who is considering a run for the GOP nomination in 2008.His comments drew cheers from the crowd of more than 100 members of the National Federation of Republican Women.Gingrich also mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages."The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up" to vote, he said.But advocates of bilingual education suggested Gingrich does not understand the issue.Peter Zamora, co-chairman of the Washington-based Hispanic Education Coalition, which supports bilingual education, said, "The tone of his comments was very hateful. Spanish is spoken by many individuals who do not live in the ghetto."He said research has shown "that bilingual education is the best method of teaching English to non-English speakers." Spanish-speakers, he said, know they need to learn English.In the past, Gingrich has supported making English the nation's official language. He has also said all American children should learn English and that other languages should be secondary in schools.In 1995, for example, he said bilingualism poses "long-term dangers to the fabric of our nation" and that "allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

10 teaching jobs you can get outside the classroom

Just because you’ve decided to become a teacher does not mean you have to get stuck in a K-12 classroom.Maybe you’ve done that already and want to put your teaching skills to use in a different environment. Maybe there simply aren’t any traditional K-12 teaching jobs at the moment.No worries, because there are a number of teaching jobs you can pursue outside the traditional classroom. Here are 10 of them.1. Daycare teacherLearning begins before kids ever step foot in a public or private school. Very young children start to get how the world works by playing, socializing with other little ones, and understanding that rules exist even when mommy and daddy aren’t around. All of this kind of learning happens in daycare, and you can be a part of shaping young minds by doing things like organizing creative activities and planning basic lessons.2. At-home teacherSome kids are not able to make it into the classroom, as they may be ill, injured, or disabled. So if you want to escape the classroom and enjoy the satisfaction of helping in-need children and engaging in one-on-one learning, you should think about teaching children in their homes or hospitals. Bonus: if you enjoy one-on-one teaching, this is a great gig to explore.3. Homeschool teacherPhysical issues are not the only reasons that some kids do not take part in a traditional classroom setting. Sometimes parents prefer to have their kids homeschooled but do not have the ability to do the job themselves. That’s where you come in, as a contract homeschool teacher. Again, here's the chance to work one-on-one or with a small group in a cozy home setting.4. Online K-12 teacherIf you don’t mind taking on a heavy workload and love the idea of teaching from the comfort of your own home, consider teaching an online K-12 course. K-12 teaching is very competitive, but it is also a growing industry, so you may find yourself increasingly in demand in the coming years.5. Community college Continue Reading

Navy SEAL and Muay Thai champ teach New Yorkers to overcome fear at Self Hackathon

As a former Navy SEAL who carried out top secret missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jake Bullock has seen plenty of risks, but he does not give in to fear. "In a SEAL tem we unpack risk to such an extent that fear cannot dominate," said Bullock, 29. "We do not take chances, we take calculated risks." Bullock shared this and other SEAL smarts at the "Winter Warrior" conference held Saturday near Union Square. Each of these "Self Hackathon" conferences explores a different theme. This one was about overcoming fear. The event also featured Venus Smith, a champion Muay Thai competitive kick boxer, and was organized by Patricia Slawuta a psychologist and self-described "Mind Hacker." "The most dangerous phrase in the world is 'I am,'" Slawuta told the two dozen young professionals at the conference. "When you start a sentence with 'I am' you are limiting who you can be. The warrior mindset is all being someone you are not yet." The idea of self-hacking is to become the best version of oneself, she explained, and a big part of that is overcoming fear and adopting a warrior's mentality. Bullock went deeper into the three traits of the warrior archetype that allowed him to complete four tours of duty in some of the most dangerous places on Earth - the kind of places where fear can be deadly. The first trait is aggressiveness - not in a violent context but one that makes a warrior pursue goals relentlessly. The second trait is clarity of mind. The third is a focus on transpersonal goals, i.e. caring about something bigger than yourself. Bullock recalled the brutal "Hell Week" of SEAL training, where recruits are made to haul logs across the beach, run with boats held above their heads and complete obstacle courses with explosions and simulated gunfire ringing in their ears. The exercises continue 24 hours a day, and recruits are allowed only a few minutes of sleep during the entire week. They are cold, wet Continue Reading

What ‘Seinfeld’ can teach college students

When one of the most famous and beloved entertainers on the planet says he won’t perform for college students — a demographic practically hardwired to fawn over celebrities of even questionable talent — it’s a little like Derek Jeter saying he hates playing in the Bronx, or Billy Graham revealing he never felt quite welcome in the South. But that’s what comedian Jerry Seinfeld just told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd: he doesn’t play colleges, where you’d think someone of his stature and his pop culture relevance would be appreciated, if not worshiped. If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can play Columbia, and Rand Paul can play Howard University, what keeps Jerry Seinfeld from going into far friendlier territory? College students today are just too politically correct. Worse, he says they don’t even understand the political things about which they are straining to be correct. "They just want to use these words," he said. Like, "‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the f-k they’re talking about." He’s not alone. According to Cowherd, Larry the Cable Guy won’t play colleges, and Chris Rock has also said he doesn’t because everything there is taken as offensive. It’s an astute observation by Seinfeld, who made a career out of observational comedy ("Why do they call it a ‘building?’ It looks like they’re finished. Why isn’t it a ‘built’?") Indeed, it must be jarring for a boomer like Seinfeld, who went to college in the early 70s, when students were debating real issues freely, to confront today’s college campuses, where students often invent issues about which to be aggrieved, many times on behalf of other parties, and then have to find "free speech zones" in which to discuss them. Consider the uproar over a statue of a man talking to a Continue Reading

PASSING NOTES Seasoned QBs can teach Eli a lesson about acing playoff test

Steve Young sat behind Joe Montana for what seemed like forever before he finally made his first playoff start for the 49ers. He had come off the bench a few times, but now the team was his. He knew how much was at stake, and he was nervous. "You should be nervous. It's a big moment," Young said. "Careers are made in the playoffs. It's good that way. I like it. I had to be perfect. I couldn't just play okay. I had to play great. That probably helped me. " It was 1992 and Young, after throwing for 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions, was voted the MVP of the NFL. The 49ers were the NFC's No. 1 seed after a 14-2 season. Expectations were enormous. Young completed 20 of 30 passes for 227 yards, helping the 49ers beat the Redskins 20-13 in the divisional round. He got that first one out of the way. Then the 49ers lost to Dallas in the NFC Championship Game. They lost again to the Cowboys the next year in the title game, before finally beating the Cowboys in 1994, then going on to win the Super Bowl with Young throwing a record six TD passes. "I recall winning the MVP and losing the championship game and feeling like I needed to leave town," he said. "You realize very quickly you can do a lot of nice things in the regular season, but they get swamped by what you do in the playoffs. We can argue the merits of that. But the truth of the matter is that is how it is dealt with. " Eli Manning gets his first exposure to postseason pressure when he makes his playoff debut at Giants Stadium against the Panthers tomorrow in the wild-card round. The expectations may not be as high as those that faced Young's 49ers teams, but the stakes are the same. One bad pass can end the season. One bad decision can send a team home. "If there was ever a kid that was born to do this, it's Eli," former Jets QB Boomer Esiason said. "He's got the genes and the background. " The moment Manning runs onto the field tomorrow at Giants Stadium for warmups, he will immediately Continue Reading

GIVE IT UP, POL TELLS CHOIR BOSS. Rangel wants Turnbull to quit boys of Harlem

THE NEW YORK MUSICIAN who turned the Boys Choir of Harlem into a world-class institution - then stood by as it drowned in a $5 million debt - must relinquish control of the once-robust choir, say prominent reformers. Walter Turnbull, a former tenor with the New York Philharmonic, "may know a helluva lot about music, but he knows nothing about management," Rep. Charles Rangel told the Daily News. Joining with former Mayor David Dinkins, the Harlem congressman is leading the charge to restore the choir's solvency - and reputation. Haunted by a sex scandal, the choir is battling eviction from its rent-free space in a city school as well as accusations of shoddy bookkeeping and financial ruin so severe it owes roughly $3 million in unpaid taxes. At least 59 liens and judgments have been filed against the choir by federal, state and local governments since 1988, according to public records. City officials also say the choir stiffed taxpayers out of a half-million dollars in rent owed for city office space it occupied before partnering with public education officials to launch the Choir Academy of Harlem in 1993. Though the choir's free use of a school building at Madison Ave. and 127th St. saves it more than $550,000 a year, its leaders - none more prominent than Turnbull - failed to keep its financial ledgers balanced while hopscotching around the globe for performances. In exchange for the use of the school building, the choir agreed to oversee music and counseling programs at the school. But city officials say it repeatedly let down the students, and late last year teachers on the choir's payroll quit after they weren't paid. Fed up, the Education Department ordered the choir to vacate the school by Jan. 31. City officials also charged that Turnbull continued to manage the choir even after promising to step aside after the department accused him of mishandling the sexual abuse of a boy in 2002. Rangel and Dinkins now are offering the choir its best, Continue Reading

Dr. Nancy Snyderman departs NBC News, announces plan to teach at ‘major U.S. medical school’

Dr. Nancy Snyderman has been axed by NBC News following a series of humiliating gaffes -- but a friend claims she quit the high-profile gig on her own accord to care for an ailing family member. Her latest fobble came during a Feb. 22 “Nightly News” segment about peanut allergies where Snyderman, 62, slurred her words, leading to speculation that she was drunk when she appeared on the air. At the time network officials said she had suffered from technical difficulties during the broadcast, although now a source close to Snyderman claims that the doctor only "seemed to be slurring her speech" because she takes statins to control her cholesterol, "and her prescription had just been increased." NBC officials declined to offer reasons for Snyderman’s abrupt departure Thursday, although a high level source said that she had been asked to leave the network. In a statement, Snyderman said she had resigned. “I stepped out of the OR a few years ago and it is now time for me to return to my roots, so I am stepping down from my position as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News,” Snyderman said in a statement. Last year Snyderman drew attention to herself when she was forced to apologize on the “Today” show for violating the terms of her quarantine for Ebola exposure. Snyderman had been on a six-week “family leave” imposed by her network bosses, who were enraged after she was seen picking up takeout food at a local restaurant near her home in New Jersey while she was supposed to be behind closed doors. “Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine,” Snyderman said. “I will be shortly taking up a faculty position at a major U.S. medical school. More needs to be done to communicate medicine and science to Continue Reading