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    I guess I should have posted here first before posting in the other forums, but I didn't notice that forum existed.

    I'm a 3 year retired technology teacher from Long Island, NY. 36 years ago when I started teaching I was teaching 7th grade wood shop to boys and girls in a junior HS. One of the things they learned was how to use a scroll saw. I had four 24" Delta/Rockwell saws that were as old as the school, and it became my job to keep them working well and safely for my program. I really got to know those saws inside and out. I enjoyed teaching kids how to cut curves both by hand using a coping saw and by machine. The skills that they were able to acquire in the short time that I taught them were amazing. Kids back then had a desire to work with their hands and couldn't wait to do so. After 13 years I was excessed from that school due to declining enrollment and found my self teaching HS technology in another district on Long Island. My thirst for technology had allowed me to acquire skills in computing, something that was just being introduced to schools in the area ans so I started teaching CAD (computer assisted drafting). For the next 20 years I helped to develop a cutting edge program that became a model for the state. But I did miss teaching kids to work with their hands, the thing that drew me into teaching in the first place. Now that I'm retired I can spend as much time as I like "playing", doing the things that give me great pleasure besides my wife, kids,and grand kids. What a life.
    I wish the same for all of you.


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    • #3
      Welcome Bob...!!!
      Cool story...
      I remember 7th grade shop class. Mr. Fresno was very passionate about woodworking. It was always a good thing when he leaned over your shoulder to give you a tip or advice...
      Great memories....Really good...
      Thanks for making me go back there...

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      • #4
        Welcome "a-board" Bob, come by often, we are a "melting pot" of talented people here, always willing to help each other. Your roots sound like they should fit in just fine.
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