After teaching in California, for nearly ten years, Barbara Callaghan moved to New Hampshire in 1985 and became a school principal. Although she enjoyed the excitement of leading a school, after ten years she decided to get back into the trenches. She thought she was just taking a year's leave to get firsthand experience with some of the new ideas out there -- like multisensory teaching, constructivism, portfolios, and inclusion. When the year was over, however, she knew that she didn't want to leave the classroom again. Callaghan is now a second-grade teacher in Amherst, New Hampshire.
When Sabrina, one of her second-graders, told her at the end of the school year, "Thanks for teaching me the smart stuff," Callaghan knew she had made the right decision.