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WHAT HAPPENED: LT I SEACOAST 2007-2008--Reporter At Large: Betsey Ross

LT I SEACOAST TEAM BUILDING RETREAT
CAMP SPAULDING, CONCORD, NH
OCTOBER 29, 2007

The LT Seacoast 2007-2008 group met for the first time at Camp Spaulding, Concord, NH on October 29, 2007. The group was met by a chilly New England Fall day – and Elizabeth Foy – President/Founder of Leadership Teacher, and Meryn Rutledge – Facilitator.

The overall rope course anxiety of the group did become slightly increased upon being introduced to crutch bearing/cast wearing, Ed Orlowski – Director of Camp Spaulding. Ed assured the group that he would not have them on the highflying wires of the ropes course – much to everyone’s relief.

Liz set the tone for LT by explaining that she founded the organization 7 years ago as a way for teachers and businesses to look at skills and job connections, and the need to become lifelong learners. This led Meryn into a series of activities on how to connect daily lesson plans to real world skills. The group quickly raised the point that educators don’t have the freedom to take risks with their students and in the business world risk taking is needed to stay on the cutting edge – the innovation is gone from the classroom due to testing, GLE’s, etc, etc, etc.

The group then established a list of qualities that are needed to become an effective leader – risk taking, enthusiasm, organizational skills, persuasive skills, motivational skills, communication skills, listening skills, the ability to focus on another person at the moment, ability to empathize, collaboration skills, the need to work toward solutions, and the ability to reflect.

The afternoon brought the fun and games part of the day – otherwise known as cooperative learning. The first cooperative game of the day was the Egg Drop – and according to Ed, the unique Seacoast group were the first ever group that actually practiced their egg drop technique, before actually going for the gold! The marble relay obstacle course proved more difficult as Ed felt the group needed an advanced course of up and over and in between various obstacles. Ed eventually had to put a end to the event as the group would have pursued the marble jar well into the evening hours, if allowed to do so.

It was with newly found leadership skills and risk taking, along with apprehension, but enthusiasm, that the group headed for the ropes course in the pm. The group, like Ahab, conquered the whale boat. Several of the group tried out the low trapeze wire and were then ready to run off to the circus to become trapeze artists in skimpy costumes. But alas, to the group’s great disappointment time ran out and they had to miss out on the spider web!!

Thanks to all for a great day!

Submitted by: Betsey Ross

LT I SEACOAST--MATH/ENGINEERING DAY
SEABROOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, SEABROOK, NH
NOVEMBER 15, 2007

Seacoast LT spent Thursday, November 15, at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant in Seabrook, NH. The first realization that we were in a different world was the encounter at the gate house with the intense security measures at the Seabrook Station – as they say, “we weren’t in Kansas anymore!” The group was then greeted at the Science and Nature Center by David Barr.

David began the day by sharing the turbulent history of the Seabrook Plant – which some of the “older” LT members of the group remembered from their youthful college days – names will not be mentioned! The group was impressed that the plant today, employees 800 people. The plant is currently owned by Florida Power and Light Energy (FPL Energy) whom owns energy plants all over the country of a variety of power sources - wind, solar, nuclear, etc. David, a former educator, shared with the group, his belief that today’s students are wired differently then our generation – all their neurons are active – therefore they are action learners. David shared that the Science and Nature Center is a spot where people can come for information – field trips are welcome. David explained further that Seabrook Station generates electricity for 1 million homes and contains the biggest generator in New England – so the answer to that age old question, yes Seabrook does “glow.” David then took the group though his self-designed course, “Nuke 101,” a detailed explanation of how electricity is generated at Seabrook. David then led the group on a tour of plant, with the highlight being that the group actually made it through the security checkpoint in under a ½ hour. The second highlight of the tour was when the group actually got to stand on the huge generator platform – it was quite impressive.

The LT Group would also like to mention how much then enjoyed the visit and discussion from the very handsome gentlemen from the Security Department. The chat was an impromptu learning experience on the skills and qualifications needed to guard the Seabrook Plant under the new 911 laws.

Al Legenda, Seabrook Station Regulatory Compliance Department, came also visited with the group and gave an enjoyable power point presentation on the skill level and training levels of the employees at Seabrook Station. The LT Group were impressed to hear that the licensed operators spend one week in the simulation classroom every six weeks – a prime example of life long learning and an answer to the age old student question – “Why do I need to know this?” Al shared with the group that the typical Seabrook Station employee has a degree in science or engineering. Al also shared information on the environmental aspect of the plant, and as an avid fisherman he proudly noted the plant’s collaboration with UNH in restoring a section of the Seabrook marsh as part of the Brown’s River Culvert Project.

The group discussed the article – Early Adolescent Aspirations – the theme being the dismantling of tracking/leveling in high schools. This led the group into an interesting discussion on high school classrooms and the need to create programs that enable students to excel. The group agreed that a good question to ask the business world was their thoughts on how to deal with heterogeneous groupings.


The teacher toolbox activity for the day was a very helpful hint of taking regular bookmarks and creating it into a small study guide to be kept in classroom book reading assignments. The teacher prepares the bookmark that includes a list of nightly reading assignments, reading prompts, teasers, etc. The bookmarks were easy to create and a handy study tool keep students organized.

Group Reflections of Math/Science Day at Seabrook Station:
- Impressed with the training of employees every six weeks.
- The use of behavioral training and behavioral observation of employees.
- The security measures that are in place at the plant.
- The education and skills needed to be employed at Seabrook Station.
- The group learned so much, they had no idea the intensity of the jobs at Seabrook Station.
- The group now feels that they need to educate themselves on energy sources in order to prepare their students.
- Today, students must look at careers from a global perspective verses how our generation viewed careers - it is a world market out there, and highly competitive.
- Raised the question – How can the US education system match foreign education systems? And Who has the “correct” educational system?
- The generation coming up is much more focused on the environment – which is great and needs to be focused on in the school curriculum.
- The Seacoast LT Group would like to thank David, Al, the Seabrook Station Security Crew, and all the Seabrook employees for a lovely visit.

Submitted by: Betsey Ross

LT I SEACOAST--HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES DAY
MANCHESTER HISTORIC ASSOCIATION, MANCHESTER, NH
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007

The LT Seacoast Group enjoyed a historical and very impressive day in Manchester on Wednesday, December 12. The day was hosted by the Manchester Historic Association. Many, many thanks to Liz and the Association for a most fascinating day.

Although the majority of the LT group live a hop, skip and a jump from Manchester, the group was amazed with the historical significance of Manchester in the development of New Hampshire’s industries--that is except for the few unnamed LT people who actually lived the history of Manchester, as they were natives of the city – once again ages are to remain undisclosed!

Upon arriving at the vast mill complex on Commercial Street, the group was quite impressed with the vast number of mill buildings that have been restored and house various businesses. As Seacoasters, we always associated the mills with the cities of Lawrence, MA and Lowell, MA, and were quite surprised to find mills that are comparable to the MA cities, and with New Hampshire pride, better preserved than the southern mills!

Manchester Historic Association Public Program Coordinator, Aurore Eaton, greeted the group upon their arrival at the Millyard Museum. Aurore led the group on a Disney-like tour of the Millyard Museum. The LT teachers were delighted to note that the museum would be a perfect place for a field trip during New Hampshire History time, as it covers the curriculum topics from the New Hampshire Native People era to present day. The ever dedicated, veteran teachers, with their vast knowledge of curriculum standards and benchmarks, noted that the curriculum connections of – Inventors and Inventions, Native Americans, Child Labor, Industrial Revolution, etc, etc.,-- were all covered at the Millyard Museum.

The LT teachers were further amazed to discover the Franco-American history of Manchester via a slide presentation by Robert B. Perreault of St. Anselm College. Robert covered the history of the Amoskeag Mills and the 17,000 employees, mostly immigrants, that came to Manchester to find work. The teachers were in awe to hear that in 1916 there were 28 different languages spoken in the mills, with French being the most popular – although Robert noted that Manchester 2007, has 90 different languages spoken in the school system.

A lively chat ensued with State Senator Lou D’Alessandro, and as teachers love to talk and voice their opinion, the group found a comrade with former educator, Senator D’Alessandro. The conversation topics ranged from what’s wrong with today’s youth and what’s wrong with the NH Teachers’ Retirement System, to the gossip on the New Hampshire Primary! As a side note, the group overwhelmingly agreed with Senator D’Alessandro’s opinions on today’s youth and parents! Senator D’Alessandro left the group with the following thoughts on what today’s students need for the workforce:
1. There are plenty of job ops for students with good skills.
2. Computer skills are a must – word, excel, etc.
3. The area with the most job growth is the financial field.
4. High-Tech Manufacturing needs workers – students are being steered away
from manufacturing.
5. Students need a good liberal arts background.
6. Today’s students are starting in the negative, as they are carrying a lot of debt
from college tuition.

The group headed down the street for an afternoon tour of Logo Loc, Ltd. – an apparel and marketing specialist that was established in one of the Amoskeag Millyard buildings, in 1992 by Tom O’Reilly. The teachers were met by account executive, Bernie Marchowsky, and tour guide, Dougie. Now this LT Group must be professional shoppers, as they were quite thrilled with Logo Loc’s client list – Nike, Sports Authority, Foot Locker, Champs, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Disney, Timberland, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, etc. The only disappointment for the group with Logo Loc was that they did not have a retail outlet. The Logo Loc gang also earned special kudos from the LT Seacoast educators due to their involvement and support of Easter Seals and Special Olympics. Logo Loc was a delightful and interesting visit – the LT teachers were very impressed with the administrators of LogoLoc and the family atmosphere of their company – notably that they supply their employees with health insurance and the “high muckity-mucks” pitch in and help out on the floor to get orders out on time. It was also pointed out by the teachers that Logo Loc faces the same issues within their workforce that educators face daily with their own student population within the school system – a bond was formed!!

The group then moved on to the Manchester Historical Association Research Center. The group enjoyed a guided tour, by curator Mary Lou, of the center’s reading room, archival, art, textile and archeological storage areas.

Due to a highly packed day of activities, a very rushed Teacher’s Toolbox included information on how to set up an in-school credit union.

Educational Article Sharing included the topic of the Pledge Allegiance in schools and the failure of assessments. Again the assessment article drove home the point that “education is its own worst enemy,” as the business world looks at failure as an integral part of success, workers are resilient in failure, they reinvent, and try again – they take ownership of failure and are not embarrassed by failures – workers think outside the box! Whereas, teaching to the test, is the opposite – there is no creativity in education anymore and no teaching outside the box. The question arose, is the education system creating a nation of workers that will be able to compete in the competitive and evolving business world? Furthermore, the LT Group once again voiced their opinion, that schools need to build strong learning communities and create more experiencial learning opportunities for their students. In conclusion, the LT Group stated, “schools need to listen to kids, kids ideas are valid, and teachers (and administrators) need to listen to their voices.”

The LT Seacoast Group concluded that it was a very impressive day spent in Manchester – the historical, industrial and cultural offerings of the City was remarkable! Manchester – who knew!!

PS: This reporter spotted her first “Hollsiter” shirt today on the body of a middle school student – the shirt made none other than, in Manchester, NH!!!

Submitted by: Betsey Ross

LEADERSHIP TEACHER SEACOAST
THE ARTS DAY
ROCHESTER OPERA HOUSE
ROCHESTER, NH
FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Thought for the Day by Anthony Ejarque – “Educators need to work with kids to influence the generation into the arts – kids should turn off the tv and get involved in the arts!”

The LT Group traveled to the Rochester Opera House for the bright lights of the stage – a day of theatre games, ghost lights and swashing some buckles!

The group was welcomed to a chilly Opera House by Anthony Ejarque – Innkeeper and Artistic Director for the Rochester Opera House. Anthony informed the group that Rochester is in an arts vacuum but there is an active group of people fundraising to get the Opera House going again. It is the goal of the group, to bring more artists and actors to Rochester, thus bringing life to the Rochester downtown – if the Opera House is busy it will keep the restaurants full and actors employed! Anthony was proud to note that Walmart is not the only thing to come to Rochester for! Of further importance is that the Opera House is historic and wonderful – from the 950 seat capacity to the moving floor!! To date the Opera House has new lights, new steel work, new stage floor, new stage curtains, restored murals, restored painting – all completed while keeping the historical value. Miss Preston made Anthony’s day by offering kind words of encouragement – “when you finish one project, something else comes up.”

The second visitor of the day was John Wastrom – Mason and specialist in Historic Restoration. John shared with the LT Group that he was a typical high school student, not interested in academics, but he did excel in shop and had a interest in old buildings, this led to a bachelors degree in archeology anthology and be began to work on old buildings – the older stuff “pre 1950’s.” John further studied at Boston University achieving a Masters Degree in the Preservation Program. John’s describes himself as a kid that learned by doing and passed this advice on to teachers – “if the student is motivated to do it, has an interest, they will do it.” John credits the vocational program in his high school for keeping him enrolled in school and sparking his interest – now John teaches masonry classes all over the country. John informed the group that every time he thinks he has learned everything, he learns something new. Several of the LT group wanted to invite John into their school to speak with their 8th grade students!

Sue Roy, of the Touring Actor’s Company, led the group through a series of theatre games. Sue encouraged teachers to integrate theatre into their classroom curriculum. Sue noted that everyday skills can be learned through theatre games, such as public speaking, communication, attendance to task, etc. Plus, theatre games make learning fun! The LT group participated in a rousing game of “Shall We Dance,” although Miss Preston was very disappointed that no one asked her to dance – leading to the quote of the day – “1-800-CALLBABS!”

The group further played “The Common Ground Game” where people shared things that were not known about them, including “I am a …scuba diver, motorcycle mama, love wolves, have a tattoo, and other unmentionable items.” (This LT Group is not shy, that’s for sure!)

Ted Arabian, Scenic and Lighting Designer, shared his educational journey with the group. Ted described himself as a shy third grader – nonconversing, in his own world, distracted, with no focus – until he ended up with the lead role in the holiday play – and he discovered he could communicate by being someone else – his self-confidence grew and this little classroom play, shaped his life, all in grade 3!! Ted related that theatre is perfect for him as he is always given a new project, a new job, he is always on the go, and his brain is always receiving new stimulation. The librarian in the group was pleased to hear that Ted’s favorite books are the how-to-books in the library! Ted informed the group that he is one of the lucky ones, as he has a different learning style and he recognizes it, and it is the reality of who he is – a struggle that a lot of kids can not come to terms with. Ted’s advice to teachers, if you have a child with a yearning to wow, then they loose interest quickly, challenge them – he learned to challenge himself to create new visions and he loves to learn – do what makes you happy!! Ted noted that theatre is a wonderful tool and that it is a shame that it’s becoming a distant past – there is not enough action in theatre for today’s kids. Ted shared, that theatre promotes self-esteem, communication skills, and presence – and was used for people to go out into the community to meet, communicate and share. Ted moved from acting into directing, and found that he could bring the entire world to light, thus moving into set designing/lighting – he recently traveled all over New Hampshire lighting up Hillary and Barack!

Eve Kodiak, License Brain Gym Consultant, spoke to the group on using music to improve learning. Eve shared the following information:
• Movement and music go together.
• When the energy level in your classroom goes down, it is time to do some music and movement.
• Music and movement create harmony in a classroom – everyone moves together and breaks the disruptive energy.
• Teaching and learning is intense – take a break with music.
• Remembering comes easier through music.
• Music helps to organize the brain promoting whole brain learning.
• Early readers don’t read any better.
• The brain is not developed enough to read at age 3, 4, and 5 – the eyes are also not developed enough to read at 3, 4, and 5.
• Studies show that introducing reading before age 8 is worthless, as the brain development is not in place – “Amen” and “Can you talk to my principal?” rang out from the LT Group!
• The brain hemisphere flips back and forth when learning to read, and if it is not developed, reading won’t happen.
• Recommended book on brain development – Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford.
• Right brain dominant – see in pictures – can not do phonics.
• Kids can sing things, they can’t say.
• Music in the classroom can help concentration.

Although it was with the grand entrance of Seth Mazzaglia, Stage Combat Consultant, that the LT group proved to be a slap-happy group – in other words “beating the crap out of each other!” It was also at this point that the group noted that Miss Preston is a natural born actress! The LT Group now has the acting skills needed to star in the next Charlie’s Angels movie!

Submitted by: Betsy Ross


LEADERSHIP TEACHER
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION DAY
TIMBERLAND
STRATHAM, NH
MARCH 13, 2008

The Leadership Teacher group had been looking forward to our day at Timberland – and the group was further thrilled when Elizabeth emailed the announcement that as a special treat, that Timberland would give the group a 40% discount at the employee store – bring those credit cards!!! That Timberland knows the way to a teacher’s heart – discounts!!

First and foremost, before the day even began, several members of the LT group wanted it stated that they wore the Timberland 10061 yellow boot, before it became a fashion trend with the younger generation. Now, I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that the LT group are trend setters, or if it was the above mentioned word “discount” and “seconds” at the old original Timberland in Newmarket, NH, back in the old days known as The Abington Shoe Company.

The shoppers, oops Leadership Teacher group, was met by a very energetic, Sundae Rosato – and the astute teachers guessed immediately – Sundae is originally from California. The LT group was very impressed to hear that Sundae had sought out Timberland for a position, due to Timberland’s belief – “that their company can make a difference in the world” and the their mission is “to equip people to make a difference in the world.” Furthermore, who would have ever imagined that Timberland would be a wonderful role model for the educational reform movement! So superintendents, principals, lawmakers – take note, talk to Timberland on education means and methods!

First up, on the very busy agenda, was Chris Kelly – Senior Human Resources Manager – that gave an overview of Timberland. Chris informed the group that Timberland was founded by the Swartz Family in the 1900’s with the establishment of the Abington Shoe Company located in Newmarket, NH. The Swartz Family persevered through ups and downs until 1960 and the invention of injected molding technology, creating the first waterproof boot in the industry – the above mentioned 10061 yellow boot – and thus Timberland and a global brand was born!

At the conclusion of the discussion with Chris, it was the general consensus of the group that perhaps the Scwartz Family should take over the education world. Reinforcing the idea of a Timberland takeover of education, are the core values of Timberland – Humanity, Integrity, Humility and Excellence – all which are used as part of the employee performance evaluation at Timberland!! One LT was heard remarking, “that reminds me of the poster – all you need to know for the world, is taught in kindergarten.” Hmmm – perhaps the State of NH should test for Humanity, Integrity, Humility and Excellence – just imagine!!! The LT group almost fell off their chairs when Chris informed them that Timberland’s corporate culture goals are to - “do well, and do good; live our values; create positive and systematic change; and make it better.” It really is all you need to know for the world, was learned in kindergarten!!

Pete Lankford, Lead Product Designer, informed the group of educators that on his 8th grade aptitude test it predicted that he should become a forest ranger, but in reality he became a shoe designer!! Pete shared that “a person does not really know where they are going but don’t worry, it will work out, just do things that you are interested in.” Pete noted that he went from archeology/geology to become a product designer at Timberland. (The LT Group learned later in the day, from an un-named source, that Pete is one of the leading designers in the world – very impressive for a forest ranger.) As a interesting side note, the un-named source also informed the group that Pete has a foot fetish. The LT group took with them a vast amount of wisdom from Pete’s chat, including:
• go with your informed gut
• use peripheral vision to look at the world
• people today look for uniqueness and craftsmanship
• teachers should encourage curriculums that has kids thinking and creating
• going back to the 3 R’s is not the way to go
• and finally “no one likes to tie shoes anymore!”
The teachers are anxiously awaiting the release of Pete’s latest sandal design – the Earthkeeper! (A few are actually hoping that perhaps they could product test the Earthkeeper – hint, hint!)

Vice President of North America Consumer Direct, John Trott, had the following advice to offer educators – “kids today are different, they are aggressive, moving constantly, and asking what can you do for me!” John spoke to the group about the marketing side of Timberland – and who would have thought that the world of marketing is so similar to the world of education!! Great quotes from John, include:
• It’s a game of interest.
• People inspire to be like someone and model someone.
• To make a difference in the world, you have to get the average guy on board.
• New innovation comes from a need.
• When you brush your teeth in the morning, that’s when you decide who you are.
• It’s all part of the gig!
• Hire the right people and have fun.
• Most important skill to learn in school – how to speak and communicate.
• Timberland is in the people business.
• Let’s roll!

The LT teachers went on to visit with Scott Sonia, Toby Ringdahl, and Chris Adam – and were amused to note noted that the hands-on kids in their classes would appreciate Scott, Toby and Chris. Scott Sonia, Senior Manager Web Design, offered that education needs to be multidisciplinary, but the most important skill needed in the workforce is communication. Scott offered the advice to teachers to let their curious kids explore and take in everything – they make the best designers. Chris Adam of the Timberland Lab offered the advice that kids should go out and observe, use trail and error, there are no dumb ideas and failure can be positive for production. Of further delight to the hands-on kids would be Chris job of breaking things apart and blowing things up in order to see how it works and create new and improved ideas! The special ed teachers of the group were particularly interested in hearing from these gentlemen.

Creative Director of Brand, Chris Pawlus, took the group on a creative and intellectual journey with his presentation, Chasing Blue. Chris shared the following thoughts with the LT Group:
• Students need to learn many modes of communication.
• Combine art and science learning.
• Students need to have balance and subjectivity.
• Students need to explore how things are made.
• Integrated curriculums are needed – many skills are integrated out in the real world.
• Three things needed for the workforce – science, art and business.
• And dear to Seabrook Elementary School’s art teacher, Mrs. Gail Paul’s, heart – Chris advised – “communicate through drawing – the arts are important – draw, sketch, communicate and problem solve!”
In conclusion, when Mrs. Paul does her sneaker drawing with the students in her art class, she is promoting future Timberland employees! Who would have thought of a shoe as a work of art?

In the final, final conclusion, thanks to Timberland, the LT Group summed up - “that education forgets all of the opportunities that are out there in the world, that companies want people that are lifelong learners and they will train them, and companies want employees that think outside of the box and problem solve.”

The final, final, final summation of the day goes to Sundae - “I am inspired that teachers care enough to take the time to go out in the world.” Amen.

Submitted by: Betsy Ross

LEADERSHIP TEACHER I SEACOAST AREA
MATH/ENGINEERING DAY
NH AIR NATIONAL GUARD & PORTSMOUTH INT'L AIRPORT AT PEASE
APRIL 9, 2008

The Leadership Teacher Seacoast group headed to New Hampshire Air National Guard and Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on April 9 with the following song on their mind:

Into the air, Junior Birdmen
Into the air, pilots green!
Into the air, Junior Birdmen,
Climb into that old machine!
And when you hear that Franklin sputterin’
And you get your wings of tin
We will know the Junior Birdmen
Have sent their boxtops in!
“We’re in the Guards now!”


The group was very pleased to be greeted by NHANG Base Lt. Sherri Pierce, 157th ARW Public Affairs – as for the feminists in the group, they were pleased to find out that the NHANG is not a good ole boy society! Of further surprise, LT Pierce was a former student of several of the Portsmouth teachers, although they claimed that LT. Pierce had to be not any older than 18!!

The group was further entertained by Master Sergeant Daniel Pollard, a 22 year veteran at Portsmouth. The teachers were pleased to hear that not only do they have to deal with report cards, but that NHANG officers were busy that day preparing for their upcoming review and report card.

Master Sergeant Pollard explained that NHANG are citizen soldiers that serve America, New Hampshire and the community in partnership with their families and employers. Master Sergeant Pollard touched all the mothers’ hearts in the group, as he explained that family support is very important to NHANG, and he always asks the recruit’s mom if she supports the enlistment. He further explained that NHANG is really a small city inside the gates, with the basic mission being - flying big gas tanks in the sky to go overseas and refuel various aircraft, but also carrying out medivac missions, assist with disasters such as Katrina, etc. NHANG has been involved in every major crisis since the Korean War or as Master Sergeant Pollard said, “When a crisis happens, without being called, our people automatically report and arrive with their bags packed – that’s what we trained for, what we do, and why we serve.”

The group continued behind the gate and paid a visit to the TSS – otherwise known as the Tower Simulator System – with Ed at the controls! The teachers were greatly impressed with Ed, as he noted that working as an air traffic controller is no more stress than working as a teacher! So, in plane (get it) words, Ed is in charge of the highway in the sky, which could be said to quite similar to being in charge of a group of rowdy students! Ed’s final advice to the group, “Remember, always take off into the wind!”

Finally, out to the runway – what everyone has been waiting for –“the plane!” The tour guide for this phase of the day, was Crew Chief Rich – or “the man that does all the work and the pilots get all the glory!” Crew Chief Rich highly recommended the military to any student, as the educational opportunities are incomparable to none, the pay is good and the military is an all around great experience. This was the hands on part of the tour – as Bab’s tried out the cockpit, tired out the boom, and would have started up the engines if she could have found the key!

On to the Pease Fire Department, where the group was met by Newbie Mike, whom was an immediate hit with the group as he compared firefighting to teaching – “firemen and teachers risk their lives everyday!” The rest of the firemen thought they could hide in the control room, but alas, teachers always know where the naughty boys congregate, and found their hiding spot. Although in the end, the firemen did win over the teachers with their house rule – “if you cook, you don’t do the dishes.” The LT group was very impressed with the two year old station – Babs did attempt to drive an engine, but once again, no keys. The group thanked Newbie Mike for the tour, and encouraged him to save Red Hook, despite it being over the NHANG line!!

The next stop – the Portsmouth International Airport – where the group enjoyed “deadly pizza” with Airport Managers – Bill Hopper and Andrew Palmaroy. Bill informed the group that as a airport manager, one never will get rich, but would have a whole lot of fun! Bill highly recommended that students take part in internships in their fields of interest, as students will learn far more as an intern, then in the classroom. Impressive facts learned by the group at the airport, included:
• The airport has 77 flights a day, including light aircrafts, military, cargo and business.
• The total number of passengers through the airport last year – 38,000.
• Pease is the first top and the last stop for troops going and coming from Iraq and Afghanistan.
• The Pease Greeters, greet an average of 7,500 troops per year.
• Bab’s father can now return to Pease to have his haircut by Sal, as his shop is now located outside the gates.
• Visitors to the airport include – all the primary candidates, Howard Dean, Joan Jett, Dale Junior, the George Bushes, etc, and a lot of heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan!
• Passengers can request “pat downs” at airports – ie Babs!
• The Hero Walk is most impressive!

The group was particularly interested in hearing further information in regards to the “Great Bay Bachelor”, but lips were sealed on the topic!

Andrew finished the visit with a spectacular van drive down the runway – truly at “jet speed” in between the landing and taking off of those big military cargo planes! It was like riding with Miss Frizzle on the Magic School Bus, only in a van! Andrew ended the airport tour with the following advice – “I hated math in school and found it pointless, but now I use math everyday and enjoy it! Students need to do hands on work and apply their skills in order to show them how they will use it in the real world.”

The group next visited Port City Air, where Supervisor Tony, toured the group amongst some very impressive aircraft!! Port City Air is a 24 hour service station for aircraft and includes a flight school and charter service. In the waiting line for maintenance was a Royal Air Force Fighter F-3 Tornado – quite a little trip to the service station for them! Once again, Babs tried to stow away to England, but it was a rather tight fit into this plane’s cockpit!

Once again, the day was fulfilling and the teachers went away with the following words of wisdom for their students:

• NHANG provides excellent educational opportunities.
• Prefer recruits with a diploma or a GED.
• NHANG provides a lot of tech training.
• Students need to think quickly and be able to multitask.
• Employees always look for candidates with a military record/training.
• Don’t work for the State, they don’t pay.
• Pick a career that you will love and enjoy everyday!
• Skills on how to work as a team member are most important!
• Communication skills are a must.

Once again, the visit to Pease brought forth some great quotes:

• “Wow, man, 20 years and I’ve never seen that!”
• “Whispering death!”
• “We said hello to Omar a few years ago.”
• “I’ll win the, cuz I’ll be in charge then!”
• “The more you practice, the more you get it down.”
• “If air traffic control tells you it’s gonna be bumpy, sit down and tighten your seatbelt!”
• “Ohhh, Babs, and you are going to fly an airplane today!”
• “Liz, next year you should add lunch down in Nantucket to the agenda!”
• “Bab’s is in the cockpit, now Bab’s is in the boom!”
• “I feel bad for teachers, they actually have to work for a living!”
• “He’s 26 and he looks good!”
• “Dead Fred – he should call 1800CALLBABS!”
• “Watch out for the flying squirrel!”
• “I can tell ya, but then I would have to kill ya!”
• “Hello, I’m here to pick up my plane!”
• “Charming the ladies with chocolate!”
• “Where’s the officer and the gentlemen hang out?”

The LT Group summed up, that students entering the workforce need skills on – how to write a coherent sentence, how to communicate effectively, how to work with a team, and literacy is a must. Further comments on the day, include – “fascinating, the military part was very interesting, it’s great to see the background operations, the military is a good option for kids, everyone we met today loved their job, and it’s great to see people in their 40’s/50’s still so excited about their careers!”

The final, final thought of the day – “The day has brought out our pride in our military forces and the sacrifices they make, it’s not political for the, it’s for their country!” Amen.

Submitted by: Betsy Ross





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