TEACHER - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TEACHER News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Sanity means no armed teachers in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429414-82/gun-able-aposhian-sanity.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429414-82/gun-able-aposhian-sanity.html.csp">Letter: Sanity means no armed teachers in Utah</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-18T17:13:02.098-06:00">Updated Sep 18, 2014 05:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In his typical brilliant and incisive manner, Clark Aposhian was again able to state the obvious. He was absolutely correct when he stated that it was the fault of the teacher who discharged her gun while at the school. Where he veers from sanity is when he states that our current gun laws (or lack of same) do not need to be changed. Why is it necessary to arm our teachers? Can he honestly say with a straight face that a person such as this would be able to protect children in the event some ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58429414@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:13:02 MDT Math teacher wins $1M on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58428686-68/manchester-fortune-teacher-wheel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58428686-68/manchester-fortune-teacher-wheel.html.csp">Math teacher wins $1M on ‘Wheel of Fortune’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-18T09:40:01.378-06:00">Updated Sep 18, 2014 09:40AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Silver Spring, Md. • A Silver Spring teacher has become the third contestant to win more than $1 million on “Wheel of Fortune.” Sarah Manchester will take home about $1,017,500 and a trip to the Dominican Republic after winning the game show, which aired Wednesday night after filming in May. Manchester says she’s “soaking in every minute” of the win. Manchester is a math teacher and math team coach at Takoma Park Middle School, which she attended. WJLA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/XFDHCK ) that Man...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584286862014-09-18T09:40:01.378-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-18T09:40:01.378-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58428686@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:40:01 MDT 40 students? 50? Teachers share stories of Utah’s largest classes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406947-78/class-sizes-classes-students.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406947-78/class-sizes-classes-students.html.csp">40 students? 50? Teachers share stories of Utah’s largest classes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T08:48:06.346-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 08:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When Cole Urmann and his parents learned how large his fifth-grade class would be, they made a major decision. They decided to switch schools this year, leaving Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Elementary for the Salt Lake Arts Academy so Cole wouldn’t be one of more than 37 kids in the classroom. “The extra-large, supersize class size was kind of the tipping point for us,” said Cole’s Dad, Daniel Urmann. “To me, that’s way too big. I think it just becomes less teaching and more kind of organizing and d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406947@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:48:06 MDT Parents split about teachers carrying guns in school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406579-78/teachers-gun-teacher-parents.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406579-78/teachers-gun-teacher-parents.html.csp">Parents split about teachers carrying guns in school</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T23:02:42.673-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 11:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Taylorsville • Emotions at Westbrook Elementary ran the gamut Friday after a teacher’s concealed handgun accidentally discharged, shattering a toilet and injuring her leg. Students first expressed concern, then reflection and, finally, a little humor the day after 6th-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery’s 9 mm Glock went off in a faculty bathroom. “I’m just glad no one was seriously hurt,” said John Ebner, whose son is in fourth grade at Westbrook. “Personally, I’m not a gun person, but ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406579@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:02:42 MDT Gun instructor: Injured Utah teacher messed up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58406775-90/gun-carry-teacher-concealed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58406775-90/gun-carry-teacher-concealed.html.csp">Gun instructor: Injured Utah teacher messed up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By matt canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T09:05:11.387-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A prominent Utah gun rights advocate said the elementary school teacher injured when her gun went off in a bathroom Thursday bears the blame for the accident. “It was a negligent discharge,” said Clark Aposhian, a concealed carry permit instructor. “We are no apologist for improper weapon handling and we never will be.” Aposhian said it’s highly unlikely the gun would have gone off if dropped, which means sixth-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery probably inadvertently pulled the trigger...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406775@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:11 MDT Letter: Teacher should keep her bullet in her pocket http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407381-82/bullet-teacher-carry-concealed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407381-82/bullet-teacher-carry-concealed.html.csp">Letter: Teacher should keep her bullet in her pocket</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T17:38:44.533-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A sixth-grade school teacher at Westbrook Elementary accidently discharged her concealed weapon in a faculty restroom. The bullet exploded a toilet, injuring her leg. I am sure relieved to learn she has a concealed carry permit and is available to protect herself and the students in the event of a school tragedy. This accident reminds me of times Andy Griffith gave Barney the OK to load his pistol while bad guys were in the town of Mayberry. For the safety of the students and facility, maybe t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407381@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:44 MDT Letter: Responsible gun owners? Ha! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407470-82/teacher-carry-accidentally-concealed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407470-82/teacher-carry-accidentally-concealed.html.csp">Letter: Responsible gun owners? Ha!</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T17:38:44.557-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I have no sympathy for the teacher who accidentally shot herself at Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville on Sept. 11. Fortunately, she did not injure or kill an innocent bystander, particularly one of the students. Hopefully she has learned a painfully hard lesson. Should not we all take great solace and have peace of mind that she is a legal concealed carry permit holder in Utah and thus had to have taken the necessary training? Based on this event, we Utahns should be confident that the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407470@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:44 MDT Letter: When will our gun luck run out? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407774-82/luck-carry-fire-gun.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58407774-82/luck-carry-fire-gun.html.csp">Letter: When will our gun luck run out?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T17:38:44.57-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">How fortunate that the Taylorsville teacher who shot herself was not more seriously injured and that no one else was in the line of fire. How long can we continue to have such luck with the premise that arming teachers is the answer to school shootings? The only weapons allowed in schools should be those carried by trained law-enforcement officers. By not even requiring live-fire experience, Utah conceal-carry permits are issued with far too little training. Dee Rowland Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407774@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:44 MDT Letter: No good comes of guns in schools http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406760-82/guns-schools-teacher-carry.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406760-82/guns-schools-teacher-carry.html.csp">Letter: No good comes of guns in schools</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T18:38:35.452-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 06:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am appalled after reading the article (“Teacher Shoots Herself in the Leg,” Sept. 11) that our state continues to allow people with concealed weapon permits to carry guns in public schools. The district says, “Student safety is our primary concern,” and yet their hands are tied when it comes to keeping their students safe from their own employees who carry guns. As a parent I cannot know who is carrying a gun at my child’s school, as a principal, my husband cannot know which of his staff mem...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406760@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:38:35 MDT Utah teacher shoots herself in the leg at elementary school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58402182-78/teacher-horsley-teachers-carry.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58402182-78/teacher-horsley-teachers-carry.html.csp">Utah teacher shoots herself in the leg at elementary school</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael McFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T13:45:25.602-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 01:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A Taylorsville elementary school teacher somehow shot herself in the leg while in a school restroom. The 6th-grade teacher, Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, was in a faculty restroom at Westbrook Elementary School (3451 W. 6200 South) on Thursday morning when her handgun went off, said Ben Horsley, spokesman of Granite School District. The accidental shooting occurred at a little before 9 a.m., before school started. No students were around at the time, Horsley said. The bullet entered and exited ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58402182@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:45:25 MDT Ann Cannon: A young’un in need of a lesson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388623-223/fifth-grade-rabbit-teacher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388623-223/fifth-grade-rabbit-teacher.html.csp">Ann Cannon: A young’un in need of a lesson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ann Cannon</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T20:44:46.681-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 08:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Every morning when my husband and I walk our dogs, we see kids on their way to Wasatch Elementary, which causes me to reflect on all the ways their school experience must be different than mine was. For one thing, today’s parents walk their kids to school, which is something you never saw when I was growing up. Parents in those days just shoved you out the front door and said, “See you tonight. IF YOU COME HOME ALIVE.” Which, surprisingly, we often did. Discipline was a whole different matter...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58388623@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:44:46 MDT Utah Teacher of Year credits parents, who valued education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58375260-78/ghaffari-teacher-utah-grade.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58375260-78/ghaffari-teacher-utah-grade.html.csp">Utah Teacher of Year credits parents, who valued education</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-06T16:45:08.698-06:00">Updated Sep 6, 2014 04:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The two people who most inspired Mohsen Ghaffari to teach had very little education themselves. Ghaffari’s mother was taken out of school in second grade to work in a rug factory in Iran. His father didn’t make it past fourth grade. Yet education was important to them. “They were highly intelligent people who did not have an opportunity to become educated,” Ghaffari said. “I think they were incredibly smart, and they wanted a better life, so their emphasis was on education.” That emphasis motiva...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58375260@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 16:45:08 MDT Op-ed: Connecticut is the best state for teachers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378229-82/teachers-connecticut-state-higher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378229-82/teachers-connecticut-state-higher.html.csp">Op-ed: Connecticut is the best state for teachers</a></h4>