Living in San Francisco and working for Teach for America, Eric Scroggins saw big changes unfolding in several cities’ school systems.
But when the Roxana High School graduate returned here to visit, he didn’t see anything comparable to efforts under way in places such as Indianapolis, Denver and Washington to vastly improve education.
“I would come home to St. Louis and see us not making real progress,” he said.
Lindsay Williams, a first-grade teacher at Lee-Hamilton Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, says there is no way she’d be able to sit still in a 9-to-5 office job. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t expect her kids to sit still, either. She keeps them moving and stretching about every 10 minutes, even if they’re doing a quiet activity such as looking at books — not to mention the days they’re milking cows or making soap or learning how plants grow during field trips. “I have so much fun at my job,” she says. “I literally dance and sing and laugh every day.”