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

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


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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Dear Berkeley County Schools,

Monday, February 25, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Berkeley County Schools,

Are you surprised to hear from me? Though I’ve been banned for days on Facebook and Instagram, today you blocked me on Twitter. My account is @PHDdebutante. I’m guessing you know that, but just in case any one wants to follow me. Anyway. I thought it would be prudent for me to share with you that a federal judge ruled in May of 2018 that it is unconstitutional for a public forum operated by government (Berkeley County Schools) to block critics. Even Donald Trump is not allowed ..

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History of Sex Abuse in Berkeley County

Sunday, February 24, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
History of Sex Abuse in Berkeley County

In 2018, at Spring Mills High School, Shepherd University student teacher Rachel Grizzle was accused of having inappropriate relations with a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old student of Spring Mills High School, where she was a student teacher. She was charged with third-degree sexual assault, soliciting a minor via computer, two counts of use of obscene matter and exhibiting material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. At the time of the charges. Grizzle was student ..

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The Good ‘Ole Boys of West Virginia

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Good ‘Ole Boys of West Virginia

Berkeley County has the makings of a scandalous novel- filled with lies, affairs, nepotism and coverup, but it’s not a made-up story. In September of 2018, Eagle School teacher aide Alexandria Callie Tost, the daughter of Michelle Tost (Assistant Director of Special Education in Berkeley County) was arrested for drug use and admitted to snorting heroine in the student bathroom. The charges against Michelle Tost’s daughter were dropped. In November of 2018, Michelle Tost was re ..

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And Then There Was One

Friday, February 22, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
And Then There Was One

Yael And then, there was one. One child, one family, left amongst the rubble called the special education classroom at Berkeley Heights Elementary in Martinsburg, West Virginia. I knew there were four children, but I had not heard his story. Until today. His name is Yael. He’s just five years old and has autism and epilepsy and, like his classmates, he’s non-verbal. Always a happy child, lover of music, and marked by bright smiles, at least until he began ..

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Letter from Berkeley County Schools

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Letter from Berkeley County Schools

Since I have been banned from tagging or commenting on Berkeley County School’s Facebook page, I’ll just leave this mess of nothin’ right here. February 21, 2019 Parents and concerned citizens, We appreciate and share our community's concerns regarding the incident reported in one of our schools. The Berkeley County Board of Education and its administration do not tolerate any action or inaction that may negatively impact the health, welfare or safety of our students.  ..

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Dear Mr. Governor,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Mr. Governor,

My name is Emma Rader and your name is Governor Jim Justice (https://www.facebook.com/WVGovernor/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARCzK88k54F3ysk_gqJNLzcL4wcPAOQPCPXXUl46XWzR27dsq6IjdKo79Mq8LjP6fPl_Ui3Uz8W6kGBQ&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDcyTURtghFTwVtIitGnCS80B0w4ZiExLxQuQDdQeUAdWUbx62Eo4iRyqpmFkG8kWCn_cuRGD_q5rvT1-g1q2iruczC03nKStzHagSZOwf7M4I3zJOxdgQFRMj99QLNKkBluUVFuba82bXsfCvWNbA-QIiqzy18J9chwGNhzmVEeK0_x7w59WRICHn_0ekD2jWb4xjsf3suqFVKjLu0t0EY4RttekAyUml1gypLW1TkrYn7xV0zWyYCfhLdQ ..

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