Jessica Saum

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Sherwood, Arkansas

Jessica Saum is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, but calls Sherwood, Arkansas home. Currently, she is a self-contained special education teacher at Stagecoach Elementary School in Cabot, Arkansas teaching students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Jessica is a 2021 AAEF Advocacy Fellow and a 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

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Posted Dec. 16, 2021

Teachers Can Choose to Bring Back Joy in the Classroom

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” —Mark Twain There is no…

By Jessica Saum

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

We Don’t Have to Choose Between Relationships and Rigor. Our Students Need Both.

Know your why, and it will sustain you. Dr. Adam Saenz When I read this quote from Dr. Adam Saenz,…

By Jessica Saum

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Posted Aug. 17, 2021

Can We All Agree That Our Kids’ Health Must Come First?

Teachers across the country are anxiously awaiting the start of the school year and, although they are not technically “back…

By Jessica Saum

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Posted Apr. 28, 2021

Children of Military Families Face Challenges Not Always Evident in School

As an educator, I work in a Purple Heart school serving a high number of students from military families, most…

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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