Philadelphia News Highlights CU Grad: A Mentor's Footsteps
VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer email@example.com, 215-854-5987
June 3, 2013
Terry Saskin (left) was the 6th grade teacher of Maurice Allen at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary in Philadelphia. Maurice went on to college and now both work as teacher at Birney Preparatory Academy at 9th and Lindley. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
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From the rear of Terry Saskin's seventh-grade math class in Logan, a slender girl piped up.
"I still don't know how to do this," she said.
"Well, if you listen, I'm going to tell you," responded Saskin, 42.
The husky, high-energy teacher began explaining how to determine the surface area of a shape, when a boy in the front row offered: "Is it, like, pi times the diameter divided by two?"
Two floors below, Maurice Allen, 25, was teaching a kindergarten class, the door decorated to look like a bear's cave.
"Who can tell me which president is on the penny?" Allen asked.
"Abraham Lincoln!" 15 tiny voices shouted.
"Who is on the nickel?"
"George Washington?" asked a few tentative voices. One boy said quietly but firmly: "Thomas Jefferson."
It was a rainy afternoon at the K-8 Birney Preparatory Academy Charter School, and although they were two floors apart and with different age groups, the two teachers share a bond that has spanned more than a decade.
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