This work is made up from the unpublished Part III, of the "Age of Reason," and the answer to the Bishop of Landaff. In the Introductory chapter, on Dream, he would seem to have partly utilized an earlier essay, and this is the only part of the work previously printed. Nearly all of it was printed in Paris, in English, soon after Paine's departure for America. This little pamphlet, of which the only copy I have seen or heard of is in the Bodleian Library, has never been mentioned by any of Paine's editors, and perhaps he himself was not aware of its having been printed. Its title is: "Extract from the M.S. Third Part of Thomas Paine's Age of Reason. Chapter the Second: Article, Dream. Paris: Printed for M. Chateau, 1803." It is possible that it was printed for private circulation. I have compared this Paris pamphlet closely with an original copy of Paine's own edition, (New York, 1807) with results indicated in footnotes to the Essay,
Dr. Clair J. Grece, of Redhill, has shown me a copy of the "Examination" which Paine presented to his (Dr. Grece's) uncle, Daniel Constable, in New York, July 21, 1807, with the prediction, "It is too much for the priests, and they will not touch it." It is rudely stitched in brown paper cover, and without the Preface and the Essay on Dream. It would appear from a note, which I quote at the beginning of the "Examination," by an early American editor that Paine detached that part as the only fragment he wished to be circulated.
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- AJ Atkins
As someone who has grown up in Virginia Beach schools, I have been impacted by many great teachers. Being in education now, I still think back on all of my teachers. I had Mrs. Mackintire in fourth grade at Strawbridge Elementary and I remember specific activities from her class - like reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and writing an essay on what to do if we had the last piece of chocolate in the world. The best part, was she put a Hershey's kiss in front of us and honestly expected a class of fourth graders to not eat it before we finished our paper. Long story short, I was hired to teach middle school physical science and earth science to start my career. I achieved a great dream of mine with the inspiration from this great teacher.
He communicates with parents daily through the Class Dojo app. Even beyond school hours he has been available to address my concerns. I've attended a couple school field trips with my daughter's class and I've seen his gentle way of dealing with apprehensive students. Mr. Berns accompanies his lessons with real-life experiences. My daughter frequently tells me of his stories, which give her examples of how to make good choices in her life.
Alanton recently started using Chromebooks and you would think he has always taught with them. No doubt he has had recreate lessons utilizing Google classroom and it is not worksheets online; there are video clips and detailed presentations that clearly took a lot of time and thought. I recently volunteered when the kids went to measure the oysters for the Lynnhaven River oyster project and it was clear he was having a wonderful time, engaging the students in math, science and writing lessons as they observed science in action.
Our son recently donated food to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Beach Bags food drive. We explained why we were donating the food and he took it upon himself to fill a bag with some of his own toys because he knew if the children didn’t have food, they likely did not have toys of their own. He was so excited and proud to tell Mrs. Piron what he did because they had talked about how they could help others many times in class. These discussions are really impactful and they are resonating with these children.
Kindergarten is a difficult transition for most children. New school, new people, new routine. Our first two weeks were rough, as our 5-year-old transitioned from a small faith-based preschool to Trantwood Elementary. Mrs. Piron was warm and inviting. She encouraged our son to feel comfortable and made me feel more comfortable as well. Our child had never really “liked” going to school. He always fussed about going, said he was bored, the day was too long. We anticipated the same reaction to kindergarten. However, class with Mrs. Piron is so different! He loves school and races to the bus stop every morning. He comes home each day excited to tell us about his activities and explain how he “stretched his brain.”
I have been in her classroom during the day many times and seen how she interacts with the kids and it is truly amazing the amount of respect they have for her and that she gives in return. My kids still love going to visit her and will probably never forget her. And best of all, when they started second grade they no longer qualified for PALS because they had caught up to their grade level.
We would like to acknowledge Mrs. Belch as a Great Teacher as a family! Our son is in her class this year and the week prior to school starting his grandfather passed away, whom he was very close to. We did inform her at the orientation but did not divulge how close they were or how hard it was impacting our son.
My son has had some phenomenal teachers over the years, but Ms. McPherson at Brandon Middle school takes the prize. She had him as a student two years ago and still to this day, she checks on him regularly to make sure he is doing well and to lend her assistance. My son started this year as a freshman at Tallwood High School and she called him the day before school started to wish him a good school year. She always checks in on him from time to time to see how he is doing and to make sure he is OK. Ms. McPherson goes above the call of duty and I truly appreciate her. She is the epitome of a great teacher!