Sean McComb, a true hero

CBS this morning brought to light a story first published by the Baltimore News Journal on October 12, 2013, when Sean McComb was named Maryland’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.

McComb is an English teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore County. In the CBS segment, one of his students was interviewed with teary eyes stating what a life-changing experience it had been having Mr. McComb (only 30 years old) as her teacher.

Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools, stated in October, “Sean personifies the cutting edge Maryland educator.” she further stated, “He is an energetic instructor, making certain his students set goals.”

In his CBS interview, McComb stated, “I teach students, not English….I hope I can make a difference in some lives.”

Sean, you already have. My mother was an educator recognized before I was even born in Who’s Who in North Carolina Education. She was my great hero. She not only made a difference in my life, pushing me on to success, she did the same for countless others, both children and adults.

Here’s to Sean McComb and the many other great teachers who love our youth and encourage them to be all that they can be! You are among America’s and the world’s greatest heroes!

Special trip, then the best was yet to come!

Last Friday I went to Atlanta and attended a leadership conference for a great non-profit organization. I took a leisurely walk around the Centennial Olympic Park area and saw the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola. I listened to some fantastic motivated speakers on Friday evening and Saturday. I had arisen at 5:00 AM my time, attended lectures for 8 hours, driven 3 1/2 hours home. Then the real fun began. I was privileged to go to my special grandson’s ball game that night! That was the best time of all!

 

In a tense time, we can still make a positive difference

This week Christians celebrate Holy Week. Those of the Jewish faith celebrate Passover. Around the world, however,  it has been a week of tension due to many unfortunate events such as Russian intervention in Ukraine, Search for the missing plane in the Indian Ocean, sad memories of the Boston Marathon bombing a year ago, the tragic slaying of three gentiles by a Neo-Nazi targeting Jews near Kansas City, a ‘blood moon’ rumored to be a harbinger of the end of days, harsh spring storms and now the sinking of a ferry off the coast of Korea.

I have learned that trauma happens no matter what we do or say. Worry does us no good, because we worry about those things we can’t do anything about. A positive attitude and a thankful heart do more good than all of the worry and anxiety we could ever muster.

Over the past few days I have occupied myself in activities which I felt were beneficial. I went to a political meeting where candidates for federal, state and local offices could express their views. My wife and I went to church to worship God. We went to our granddaughter’s Easter party at school. We attended a Kiwanis meeting. Today she is going with her mother to visit her sister who was recently in the hospital, and I am going to visit a friend who has just been transferred from the hospital in a neighboring city to a local rehab center.Friday evening we are going to another town to judge dishes in a festival.

We are here to make a difference in this world. We may not move mountains, but we can encourage others who need our touch for that day.

After you do your best to help others, you may want to check out the excellent works of St. Clair Publications authors at http://stclairpublications.com, or on amazon worldwide. Have a blessed day!

Exploring Our Exciting World

Just an update to let everyone know the progress that is being made on this unusual tome. I am currently writing as often as possible to attempt to put into colorful words my experiences, as well as the history and geography of the numerous spots to which it has been my pleasure to venture thus far. More travel is in the making.

Also, I am still putting together my skilled team of contributors. I already have included small contributions from two members of my team. We have verified five more, and are still working to get details together for others to make sure that we have a most gratifying assortment of countries and places in this book. I am truly looking forward to working with each of you!

The book is due out next year. More later.