Hillsborough educators waiting for updates on salary increases

Photo by @hillsboroughsch | The Interim Superintendent, Van Ayers, appointed to the permanent position on November 2nd, 2023.

A proposed tax referendum is crucial for the reputation of the new superintendent. By Zaniya Graham Education Beat Reporter HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Hillsborough County teachers and staff are eager to see how the district’s new superintendent will carry out the much-needed pay referendum. The 2023-2024 school year in Hillsborough County Public Schools started with over… Continue reading Hillsborough educators waiting for updates on salary increases

Teachers on teaching: Education professors reflect on K-12 years

K-12 schools are the foundation for many great education professors.

USF professors share what impact their K-12 teaching experience has had on the way they approach teaching in their higher education classrooms. By Annabel Hutchings Education Beat Reporter ST. PETERSBURG – Teaching how to teach is a concept that is difficult to master. The best of the classroom can only be conquered with the skill… Continue reading Teachers on teaching: Education professors reflect on K-12 years

Exploring the teacher shortage: Hillsborough educators speak out about lack of support

Students sleep in class as substitutes cover vacancies during the teacher shortage.

By Zaniya Graham Education Beat Reporter HILLSBOROUGH, Fla.- One of the biggest reasons for the current teacher shortage in Hillsborough County is a lack of support amongst educational staff, but the definition of support changes depending on who you ask. The U.S. has been battling a teacher shortage, for different reasons, for years.  Consequently, larger… Continue reading Exploring the teacher shortage: Hillsborough educators speak out about lack of support

Tampa Bay teachers face new and evolving barriers as school year begins

An apple a day could make a teacher stay. The connection with students becomes one of the only remaining factors keeping teachers working.

Societal changes due to the pandemic and the influence of social media are significantly impacting students. Educators are feeling the effects. By Annabel Hutchings Education Beat Reporter ST. PETERSBURG – The majority of educators are in their careers because they love what they do, but this love can only go so far with the difficulties… Continue reading Tampa Bay teachers face new and evolving barriers as school year begins

Alternative Baseball Organization expands to Tampa Bay and beyond

Pictured above: ABO’s last national game was held in 2019, played against a team of former MLB players. Courtesy of Taylor Duncan By Baron Reichenbach The Alternative Baseball Organization, an association for youths with autism spectrum and related disorders, is looking to massively expand its teams in time for the 2022 season.  “We went from… Continue reading Alternative Baseball Organization expands to Tampa Bay and beyond

A retired teacher and former students reminisce about Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary

By Rebecca Bryan Elementary school years define a child’s life. The experiences during these stages help develop children’s personality traits, how they interact with others, how they respond to trauma and more.  Although to most it may become a far-off memory, these long years leave a mark on everyone, whether they realize it or not. … Continue reading A retired teacher and former students reminisce about Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary

St. Pete Youth Farm celebrates Earth Day

Pictured Above: Carla Bristol and members of the Youth Farm pictured with the Proclamation.  Courtesy of the St. Pete Youth Farm on Instagram By Andrew Quinlan The St. Pete Youth Farm has been working diligently to promote healthy living and youth involvement in its community, including a spirited celebration of Earth Day on April 22. … Continue reading St. Pete Youth Farm celebrates Earth Day

How high schoolers stifle stress

By Brianna Brosch Playing a musical instrument provided unexpected benefits to teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The months of virtual school, uncertainty, social isolation, quarantines and canceled events have been particularly hard on teenagers. Those who have an outlet, like music, that they were able to continue to pursue, have been better off for it. … Continue reading How high schoolers stifle stress

At Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, the SAVE club rewards kindness

Pictured Above: Summer Shaw and Annie Griffith are advisory board members for the SAVE Promise Club at Lakeview Fundamental Elementary. Courtesy of Kari Altman-Wood By Catherine Hicks For two students at Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, spreading the message of kindness and nonviolence is an important passion.  Annie Griffith and Summer Shaw are members of the SAVE… Continue reading At Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, the SAVE club rewards kindness

Carla Bristol leaves a footprint in the Midtown community

By Brianna Brosch As today’s society faces divisiveness and tragedy through recent mass shootings, riots and social tensions, it is encouraging to see people dedicated to our youth and their future. Carla Bristol is one such noteworthy example in St. Petersburg. Today’s youth can benefit from having someone they can look up to as a… Continue reading Carla Bristol leaves a footprint in the Midtown community