The Ramblings of an old lady!


July 30, 2015

Yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon on the computer and the phone doing some research about how to get a doctorate degree. Yes, at 71, I am considering a doctorate!

I spoke with two universities about their online programs that would lead to either a D. Ed. (Doctorate of Education) or a PH. D.  (Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology/Education).  Since I love research and creative endeavors, I have been doing a lot of thinking and writing.(Including my memoir Grace for Gypsy Girls, under my pen name Ann Naedele)

My question to myself is this:  At my age do I need this degree for some higher purpose, or do I need this degree to satisfy ego for the lifelong work I have done in education over 38 years of teaching?

My answer:  If I could effect change in our approach and implementation of a new educational system by any other means than acquiring a doctorate, I would feel fulfilled in life.

In conclusion, a doctorate degree costs between $42,000 and $100,000 which I do not have nor know how to acquire.  Therefore, I am going to use my blog and eventually a scholarly book to prove that the educational system of today can be better for all children under my plan.

So readers, be prepared.  My blog is going to take on a new topic soon.  I know there are tons of retired educators out there that have great ideas about this issue.  Perhaps with some collaboration and creativity we can set the world on fire with a new philosophy of education.  My first blog will give you my mission state.

Please feel free to share or comment.



July in Vero Beach


One word describes July in Vero Beach:  HOT!  I guess all of you know about HOT.  The country has been dealing with the heat, storms, floods, and tornadoes for months.  I can only imagine what August will bring.  Personally, I am hoping for the “rapture”…can’t wait to see my heavenly home, shed this body for a new one, and maybe become a blond…I’ve asked but haven’t heard back on that request!  I did ask for God to let me bring along my Chihuahuas!  I think he’ll give me that one.

Sorry I haven’t posted lately.  I have been reformatting my eBook for paperback copy.  It is DONE!  You can now get a real book from!  Our memoir, Grace for Gypsy Girls, is a great read about all the adventures and misadventures of RonnAnn, my daughter, and me.  We’ve lived in lots of different states and have had to deal with a lot of adversity over the years, but in spite of it all, she managed to marry and become a doctor.  With all the hype about single parent families, I think we came out on top, not the bottom.  I managed to hold a job in teaching most of the time and kept us out of harm’s way.

You’ll enjoy the ride, so please read it and let me know what you think about my writing style.  I also have a young adult short read available.  If you have teens, I would love for you to let them read it and rate it for me.  I want to be sure it is something they would enjoy.  It’s called Milligan Mayhem by Ann Naedele…my author names are different, but it’s mine!

Coming soon:  I am going to post some more articles about education; schools will be starting soon and I hope you are ready for all the things your children will be facing this year.  I am going to address gender and sexual orientation.  Stay tuned!


Seven Good Reasons to Home School


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Homeschooling your child will:

1.  Protect your child from ideas that do not conform to your religious beliefs.

2.  Better monitor how your child is doing in his/her studies on a daily basis.

3.  Give immediate feedback on the work being done.

4.  Allow for individualized instruction.

5.  Provide a quiet environment for studies.

6.  Offer protection from the violence being seen in public schools.

7. Censor new cultural mores that do not follow traditional family values.

The biggest objection to home schooling has been the lack of socialization; however, keeping your family involved in church activities, sporting events, and neighborhood centers will offer this socialization.

As a public school teacher for over 38 years, I have recently opened my mind to home schooling after all the unusual and conflicting ideas on gender identity and sexual rituals.  I feel I would want to protect my child from these new outlooks.

Fortune 500 Company Job!


I once worked for a Fortune 500 company!  Control Data Corporation was a huge presence in the computer industry and back in the 1970’s was a definite threat to IBM.  Both companies made Super Computers that would run entire power plants.

I was working for a community college at the time, and we had just implemented these fantastic touch panel screens for the computers which were hooked up to a master computer in Michigan.  We worked our curriculum around these computers so they were used in a systematic way to teach reading and math.  The Plato system could increase the reading level of a student in about 20 sessions…not an entire year!  It worked , too, and I was impressed along with everyone else.

Control Data pursued me and offered me twice what I was making at the college to work for them as a learning center manager.  I took the job  It was a fantastic experience where I learned so much about marketing, supervision, and management.  All employees in management have to take over 36 hours of course ware on those Plato computers.  It was the most magical thing I had ever experienced!

My job as manager of the Learning Center was to sell courses to the parents of students who were struggling in class.  The students would come in and be tested on the computer and then I would look over their tests and the computer would place them in the module where they would start working.  It was innovative, creative, and fascinating. Control Data had learning centers in many states around the country: NC, TN, SC, IL, MA, and FL.  Each had my counterpart; we would get together several times a year and compare strategies.I loved everyone with whom I worked!

Another part of my job was hiring someone to help with the students whenever I wasn’t there.  I also had an office manager who was already in place at the time and helped train me.  It was a beautiful, quiet, comfortable place to work.  The children were always excited and their parents never complained.  I loved going to work every day.

Besides the children working on the computers, the securities industry would send new employees to our center to take tests about their jobs on the computer.  It would evaluate them immediately so they didn’t have to wait.  That was a remarkable testing mechanism, very well protected and confidential.  To my knowledge that may be still in place…the testing.

Well, this is just another one of the many interesting jobs I have held over the years.  Each one has prepared me for continuing education, teaching, evaluating, selling, and writing.  I am so grateful for all the different jobs I’ve been privileged to learn.

This job with Control Data led me into the next job I will write about tomorrow:  Commercial Credit.


I went to prison!


added some more information and changed title to get a few readers…thanks for keeping up….

Thoughts on Turning Seventy

I once lived in the most beautiful city in the South, Charlotte, NC. At one point I no longer worked for the community college as a Curriculum Specialist nor English adjunct.  The former president of the college and the owner of the Charlotte Hornets hired me to do some private consulting work for them.  They were interested in the recidivism rates (convicts who are released come back into the prison system). ; they wanted me to write a proposal to be presented to the state legislature that would address this issue with an educational solution and its costs.

George Shinn gave me a temporary office at the Hornets HQ to do my calling and scheduling. I did all the research I could before I began to draft the proposal.  I went to several prisons to see their current educational programs. Especially interesting to me were the teens who were incarcerated…

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I went to prison!


I once lived in the most beautiful city in the South, Charlotte, NC. At one point I no longer worked for the community college as a Curriculum Specialist nor English adjunct.  The former president of the college and the owner of the Charlotte Hornets hired me to do some private consulting work for them.  They were interested in the recidivism rates (convicts who are released come back into the prison system). ; they wanted me to write a proposal to be presented to the state legislature that would address this issue with an educational solution and its costs.

George Shinn gave me a temporary office at the Hornets HQ to do my calling and scheduling. I did all the research I could before I began to draft the proposal.  I went to several prisons to see their current educational programs. Especially interesting to me were the teens who were incarcerated. I had to go inside an elevator and up three floors to visit their educational lab.  Each floor we had to stop, the doors opened, and a guard with a gun pointed at us would look around us and then let us go to the next floor.  It was a terrifying experience. The inmates at this juvenile facility had to work in the gardens around the outside of the building where they grew the food they were served.

I went to state prisons as well as federal prisons which were much more modern than the state prisons. The state prison that I visited looked like an ancient castle.  We walked down some spooky marble stairs to get to the basement (more like a dungeon to me) where the prisoners were studying for a GED test.

The prisons were all very different, but each had its own rendition of what they should be offering to the inmates at the time.  Most had a high school completion course (GED).  The most interesting prison was the Federal prison where the inmates wore “preppy” clothes and the guards wore “orange” jumpsuits.  The dining room was very nice and that day they were having steak and baked potatoes.  I even saw a cell that was better than the dorm room that I lived in for four years!  Each cell had two twin beds, two desks, two chairs, and a TV set on the wall up high.  The prisoners were allowed to take drama and put on plays/musicals.  Some nice jail, if you ask me.

My job was to propose an educational program that could be used upon their release to give them a better chance at life in order to keep them from returning to jail.  I started my proposal after all  these visits.

I designed a learning center that could be replicated in any prison, complete with high end computers, college level courses, and teachers.  I did a cost analysis on everything that it would take to set up this center. I took statistics about the cost of upkeep for returning inmates and the cost of educating inmates before they were released the first time.  The report showed an almost equal impact on our tax dollars.

I loved doing that work.  I had my own hours, my own office and phone, and a clear course ahead of me.  My bosses let me do the entire proposal without requesting updates every other day.  They implicitly trusted me to do the job correctly.

I don’t know much about the outcome of that proposal, but years later I keep reading and hearing about new educational methods being implemented within the prison system.  I do know they presented the proposal to the legislature, but I am not sure if it passed.

Everyone has special skills that God has given us for a purpose.  I saw that one small job as a mechanism to impact our world in a positive way.  Perhaps that was God’s reason to prepare me for such a time as that.

Blessings, readers.

Student Stories: Last One!


I haven’t had anyone reading or commenting about my student stories, so I am assuming no one cares to read them or they are not interesting…sooooooo…this will be the last one of this series and I will start something new this week.

Today’s story is about two sets of students who pulled cheating scams on me.

The one set of guys were good buddies.  Out of the two, one was having problems with my Mythology class.  He convinced his friend to help him out, so they came up with this elaborate, imaginative plan:  take a cell phone picture of the test answer sheet.  That was the plan.

The helper was to keep me busy with some nonsense in my office while the guy who needed to pass the test crawled on the floor around all of the other students in the room until he was under my desk where the answer keys were kept in a large 7″ binder.  He found Mythology and the test number.  He shot the picture.  He was attempting to crawl back to his desk when I saw him on the floor.  He said he had lost some money and was looking for it.

The next day, my student asked for the test.  He took it and made 100%…which was unlike his other tests.  I took out my answer key and lo and behold!! his answers were Word for Word the same…now I always add little notes to my answers so  I WILL make sure I give a student credit even if the answer is not exactly right.  He had copied the notes down, too, in his answer.

I took the test sheet and a copy of my answer key to the office.  My boss called in the test taker.  He swore he did not cheat.  The other guy was not mentioned.  Later that day, another student who witnessed the event, told me the story or their plan.  He watched as the guy crawled under my desk to get to my answer key notebook…he knew the other guy was distracting me.

This all went to student mediation.  They wouldn’t take my word.  I had to get the witness to make a statement, also.  I was really hurt that the student government wouldn’t take my word.

Eventually, both boys finished a class and left.

The other set of scammers did a stupid thing!  I taught during the day classes and had another adjunct teach the night classes. One of my students enrolled in the night classes so he could cheat. Here’s the scam:  One of my bright students worked at the same job with the cheater. He completed my class, but before he turned in his final notebook, he loaned it to the cheater so he could see how to answer the questions and fix his notebook.  Little did he know that the cheater would copy his notebook word for word.  Well, the cheater made an A in the class. I was working the night he turned in his notebook; the other teacher was out.

The next week, my bright student turned in his notebook. While I was reading it, I knew I had read it before!  I thought about who worked at the place that was discussed in one of the questions and remembered the night student.  I pulled out his notebook, and I read it again…side by side with the bright student’s notebook.

I felt awful about not giving him a grade.  He apologized and told me that the other guy was only supposed to use it as a guide for his own.  He did not know that he rewrote the entire notebook word for word. He had to retake the class for a grade.

The other student had already had his grade recorded.

I guess this is a good lesson for cheaters/loaners of their work.  You may be the one who is caught…the other guy got off free with an A.

Blessings to you all….

Student Stories #4


One year I was teaching history instead of English.  The classes were full!  My first class began at 8 am.  I would rush in the door just at the right time!  All the students would be in their places by this time.

On my desk was a hand-drawn picture of Satan.  It was a really good drawing, but the subject was terrifying.  I would stick the picture in my desk each day.  The next day there would be another picture of Satan.  This went on for a week.

Finally, I got to class early one morning and the only student in the room had put the picture on my desk.  Since no one else was in the room, I took the picture over to this young man and asked him if he had drawn this very detailed picture.  I praised his artistic ability and told him he could draw for me anytime…but I never wanted to see another satanic image on my desk, Please….

About a week later, he came in and walked up to me to tell me something.  Around his neck was a beautiful crystal stone!  Without thinking anything about it, I touched the crystal and told him how gorgeous it was.

He screamed!  A loud scream!  He chastised me for touching the stone and told me it would have to be blessed again.  I had ruined the spell.  Well, I stepped back and apologized. He told me the high priest had blessed it.

I was told by another student who saw the incident (heard the scream)  that my student was in a satanic church.  Crystals were sacred and blessed.This was to be my first encounter with someone who worshipped Satan.

The next day, the student did not come to class.  In fact, I never saw him again. My touching of the crystal really shook him and quite possibly got him into a lot of trouble.  I can hope that he finally found a better object of worship.

It was also a shame that his artistic abilities were being used for Satan. There were other students over the years who were also into satanic rituals, etc.  I will share one or two with you later.

Blessings, readers.