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The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


What Drives a Parent to Cheat?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
What Drives a Parent to Cheat?

Thirty-three parents have been arrested in the largest college admissions scandal on record. The ultra wealthy including CEOs, celebrities, business leaders were charged with college coaches and William Singer, founder of “The Key.” According to the Key’s website, there are four principles: Coaching for the game of life, finding the right fit college, creating a personal brand, and beating the odds. Quite accurate, but in a way no one could have guessed. The investigation incl ..

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The Same Old Superintendent

Monday, March 04, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Same Old Superintendent

The Berkeley County School Board accepted Manny Arvon’s resignation and retirement after 45 years of “service.” He leaves with a pension of $14,250 per month and the ability to keep health insurance for him and his wife at a reduced rate. Following the decision, the Board named former Putnam County Schools Superintendent Harold “Chuck” Hatfield as the interim Superintendent. He will be paid $19,500 per month and the search for a permanent Superintendent will begin this summer.  ..

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Title One School

Sunday, March 03, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Title One School

You may not even know what that means. My four children attend a Title 1, public school. To qualify as a Title 1 School, at least 50% of your students must qualify for free or reduced lunch. At White Oak Elementary School (https://www.facebook.com/whiteoakelemschool/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARD2Hogy80IBJ_7QvXzZGZbwWDlKOiTZXu4h5hnSHwJOguEw2ErVz7Uqhs0pgS8L2sgWfRM1OyB4Qdld&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBDEziIZXV8lBIM2w-2JNow8bSUTOK8VyX_ATk_gNZZwkj2Ma0FKapqbbZzCLRa-HYixxERnTu-3cj7Oi6 ..

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Why Jen Mangrum Should Be Our Next NC Superintendent

Sunday, March 03, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why Jen Mangrum Should Be Our Next NC Superintendent

North Carolina used to be an education powerhouse. We were ranked number ten in the country for teacher pay and were recognized nationally for quality. When Mark Johnson won in 2016, he said he didn’t think he would win. After all, he was an attorney, not a licensed teacher, but eager to enter the political arena, he touted plans to lessen testing and support teachers. It sounded really good. I mean, I voted for him. I have four children in three rural eastern NC sch ..

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Lawsuit of the Nonverbal Child

Friday, March 01, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Lawsuit of the Nonverbal Child

It’s the first one that’s been filed regarding the abuse that took place at Berkeley Heights Elementary in WVA. Truthfully, even though I’m married to an attorney, I’m not much into suing, especially for accidents or genuine unknowing. This is not that case. I have gotten to know Amber Pack and Kasey Murphy, whose children were subjected to the torture of three teachers- Lester, Yurish and Douty. How long had it gone on? No one really knows. After all, Amber had only p ..

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Confused Superintendent

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Confused Superintendent

The fact that our own NC Superintendent Mark Johnson (https://www.facebook.com/markrjohnsonnc/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARC1GB0fagmTo3mWgn-f_plCgzDKSXmS3rhLqTZ-rSQ6DIECW8YZnP_XoMt8Av_hvugOzDKh0lu2CCOo&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCC7-uKzY1Q-UtIKMPKhugronUM8Q9rMPUC-acVADclqRWGwKzwnGB7FQ_8yf5ykWXj-l0Y2fs24RtbwI1l5Usv4R5i-XXBaf4FBvW4OolTOSSph8ygjTMbnKWbMUe3CiytsiZAWMSn_VN1cyupgIDrzjTAVtAdpqC9tXsL1rhVmFTbsHMc99DsPeNzlpT-t_UJVZx_Tyvk2V2V5j9MCKao04uUAHOXnLQujt-6eofDm-nt1TVkZQhmYg84RkbE ..

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No Ulterior Motives

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
No Ulterior Motives

In response to those criticizing me for ulterior motives like fame, fortune and seeking to be the next Berkeley County Superintendent. This has never been my story. When Amber Pack shared the recording of children being terribly abused, the story should have ended. Instead, nothing happened. Three teachers were left in the classroom to further abuse nonverbal children just like my Amos. The system that is in place to protect them, swept it under the rug. If she had not bravely ..

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Ten Facts About NC’s Tricky Grading System

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Facts About NC’s Tricky Grading System

1. The NC General Assembly proposed House Bill 145 that would allow the state to CONTINUE to use the current 15-point grading scale that rates schools (NOT STUDENTS) on an A-F scale. If no action is taken, the scale will revert back to a 10-point scale at the end of this school year. 2. In 2013, the NC General Assembly passed the Excellent Public Schools Act which rates public, charter and alternative schools using the A – F scale below. A — 85 percent and up B — 70 ..

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The Rise & Fall of Hedgesville Football

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Rise & Fall of Hedgesville Football

Three years ago, Joey Yurish was named head football coach of Hedgesville High School. He began his reign with at least ten assistant coaches and today, only one remains. According to an assistant that recently quit, “Leaving was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.” That coach left because of the structure and discipline of the program. Yurish runs a ship that is less about building up and more about tearing down, it seems. One parent of a player on his team (w ..

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The Abusive Teachers Who Remain

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Abusive Teachers Who Remain

The Abusive Teachers Who Remain in Berkeley County Schools, West Virginia Yes, there are so many good ones, but as a special needs mama, we should not ignore the bad. Don’t forget about Loretta Redmer. It was the 2009-2010 school year when Reanna Viands went to Principal Tana Burkhart regarding an incident with Loretta Redmer, teacher aide at Opequon Elementary School. At the time, Redmer was an aide in Viand’s son’s inclusive second grade classroom. She witnessed Redmer sp ..

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