Student in Malaysia doing a Male Teacher Survey

by Ahmad Hazman Bin Ali
I'm Ahmad from Malaysia.

I'm student and majoring in Early Childhood Education. Now I'm working on my Project Paper: Male Teacher Involvement in ECE.

I'm pleased because I get a lot of information from the MenTeach.org website. It is really beneficial and helpful.

Male Student Needs Help: How To Win Respect?


I'm a male going into Elementary Education! I had begun my student teaching last fall and had a very bad experience with a college evaluator who was very critical and unsupportive of my work. My evaluator treated me unfairly it seemed compared to the rest of the female student teachers whom she was in charge of as well.
Going into the field of elementary education which is dominated by females wasn't an issue for me at first because of my passion for teaching and the joy I believed that would come from being a successful teacher.

Write your story for a new book

TO: Male Educators

FROM: Dr. Sheldon Woods, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Lemuel W. Watson, Professor and Dean of Education, Northern Illinois University

DATE: June 5, 2009

DEADLINE: September 15, 2009

SUBJECT: Invitation to contribute a Chapter to a Monograph about Men in the Lives of Children

Additional movies about male teachers

Jon Bradley - McGill University - Canada
I would like to add "Good Will Hunting" (1998) and "Finding Forrester" (2001) to your list of films portraying male teachers as role models.

False allegation

[MenTeach: We receive letters from people and unfortunately can be common. Do you have advice?]

I have a friend of a friend who has a son (25 years old and recently married) who is a day care teacher and has been wrongly accused of something two years after the event. This supposedly happened to a 4 or 5 year old who after driving by a school she used to attend where this person worked, remembered this event.

Can you give me any advice or tell me where to go for help?

Are men hired as administrators?

I am a male teacher and I just want to thank you for your web site. It is nice to see.

I do have my administrators license and the last interview I went on, it seemed like I had the job but the last comment made to me... (in a "off the record" kind of way) was, "I am not sure I want to be the one to hire a male as an administrator."

So there you have it and that is a sad statement about how women are viewing men in elementary schools. I guess the pendulum has swung?

All the best,


Lawsuits for discrimination

[MenTeach: We get many e-mails from readers. Several were upset that there continues to be discrimination. It's more common than people might imagine.]

I was stunned to read the last issue of MenTeach E-News only to find out that a group of 25 parents refused to have a male elementary school teacher.

What if a female, Black, Hispanic, Jew, or Muslim teacher were in the same situation? Can you imagine refusing them a position in a nontraditional field?

Time to get real. Time for a lawsuit.

Do men's brains change working with children?

[MenTeach: There has been a discussion about the article below on the ECEMen's List about whether the research about father's applies to male teachers? What do you think?]

Terry Bussey - first male teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba to win MCCA Award

Noreen Smyth - Winnipeg, Manitoba
I work in the field of Early Childhood Education here in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I thought you might be interested in knowing, we just finished our Manitoba Child Care Association's annual conference here. On the Friday evening there was an awards dinner. The award for Exceptional Early Childhood Educator of the Year was awarded to Terry Bussey.

Men & women gather in Canada

by Ron Blatz
Just finished the most wonderful gathering of the MECE group ever held by me in Canada. Thanks to the huge draw that Frances Carlson was, we had a group of over 25 people come to a meeting at my centre tonight.

First early educator nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

by Tom Bedard - early childhood educator
I thought I would let you know that I was one of 11 finalists for Teacher of the Year in Minnesota through Education Minnesota.

I was very surprised when I was nominated because I thought it was only for teachers in the k-12 system. The nomination came from a parent in our ECFE program who was a teacher in the St. Paul School system and knew about the program.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data can be misleading

[MenTeach.org: We receive many replies to the monthly E-News and this month someone wanted to point something out that could be misleading.]

The Department of Labor Statistics are misleading for men, particularly Black men.

Did you know Black men make up 1% of elementary school teachers in America.

The statistics lump men and women together. Time to be real on this fact!

MenTeach replies:

Turning trash into treasures - a man who recycles for children

Adam Buckingham - New Zealand
I have given a presentation at the 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management 'Turning waste into learning experiences for children' is a pictorial tour of creative ideas that have been added to the outdoor environment of early childhood centers. It includes innovative equipment I have designed and made for preschool children, which are predominantly made from solid waste materials.

Research Survey about male teachers

My name is Richard Patterson. I am currently a Graduate Student of The University of North Dakota.

To fulfill the requirements of my course work I am conducting a research study to identify perceptions and barriers that male educators working in early childhood education face. You are being invited to participate in a research study because you are a pre-service or in service educator, parent or guardian.

Tips for dealing with false accusations

by Anonymous
[MenTeach asked a teacher who was falsely accused what advice he would give other male teachers. You can read his story.]

My advice for teachers who are in similar situations:

Don't assume your employer will back you, even if they tell you that.

Insist on contacting the police and state officials...this is the law.

Get an attorney. if you do not have a union

If you have a union..join.

Your employer will want to cover themselves.

The challenges of false accusations

by BJ
I spoke with you a little over a year ago regarding a legal matter I was facing in Illinois. To briefly recap, it was a case involving allegations when I was a substitute/interim teacher in which some students alleged I had touched or rubbed their back (Read his previous published letter).

Being falsely accused by students seeking revenge

I recently read your article on MSN News. I am a late middle aged male middle school teacher (2nd career) with tenure in a large Urban district; 7 years experience; husband of a veteran teacher; I lead my middle school in TVASS test gains for subjects taught; also a Union member. Impeccable employment record and without any blemishes or criminal history.

I know why you picked an education major

by Joseph David Nowakowski Jr
I am a elementary education major (1-5) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Currently I am a junior and have completed my Praxis I exam. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2010 and simply cannot wait to teach young children. I heard about your organization from the article on msn.com "Percentage of Male Teachers Hits 40-year Low" and being as I am currently in college to become exactly that, I was hoping your organization to could help or assist me.

Looking for a teaching job?

by Clark Baker, Technology Director
I just read an article about your group. Unfortunately I hadn't heard about you and your mission before, but I think it's great. We work with a lot of employers who would like to hire more men in elementary schools.

SchoolSpring provides recruiting services to K-12 districts around the country. We also run the SchoolSpring.com web site which has the largest collection of education job postings in the country. We collect postings from dozens of state education job sites and make them available in one easy search.

One of our new members

Asher Lepage - grandchild of Ron Blatz from Winnipeg, Canada

Women supporting male teachers

by Ivy Rose Adame, Phillipines
I believe it is passion that pushed me to pursue an ECE Masters degree. I had ever since been
in love with teaching, especially little kids. It has simply become my inspiration.

This idea [thinking about the importance of male teachers] started when I had worked for an International school in Bangkok. There was an issue that concerned the assignment of qualified male teachers in the pre-school department.

Parents were not very keen about having male pre-school teachers, so they (parents) demanded from

Male Students Referred to Special Education More Than Female Students

by Greg Alexander
[MenTeach: We like to republish letters occassionally.]

My name is Gregory Alexander. I am a doctoral student at the University of Laverne in southern california. I am doing my dissertation on recruitment & retention strategies of men in special education, and its long term effects on special education.

I am a special education high school teacher and an adjunct professor at California State University San Bernardino and National University in the Special Education department.

Men helping children during disasters

by John Suur
[MenTeach: John Suur has been volunteering to offer child care services after diasters for many years. He is an attorney who retired from working at the World Bank and has worked with Toddlers for many years in his "retirement." You can read John's previous work at this link.]

A group where gender is a value and not an issue

by Tom Drummond - North Seattle Community College
I do want to share that Maggie Carter and local directors established a "conversations in the garden" last summer in response to their feeling that everything directors did in trying to make children's experiences better in the face of the external demands was too hard. The group felt they were continually climbing a sand hill.

Do you want to be a television star?

My name is Pamela and I'm a television producer in Los Angeles, working for the tv development company, Target Entertainment. I am currently doing research for a tv series in development about dads in daycare. I want men who have chosen child care as their full time profession, either in their home or at a facility. They can care for anywhere from 6 kids to 50. The candidates need to have big personalities, charisma, etc. that would lend themselves to having their own television show, as well.

It's like having four hundred grandkids

I am a retired Federal analyst. I retired at 55 with 32.5 years service (counting an Army stint). When I mentioned to a teacher friend/golfing buddy that I needed something to do, he suggested teaching school. Not wanting to work full time, I applied for a substitute teacher position and was hired.

My son had an amazing experience teaching

Montreal, Canada
My son, as he has told me, had an amazing experience working with children over the summer at the Daycare.

The children anticipated his arrival on the days he worked. I had never seen the educators have so much fun and be so involved in "rough play" as when he was there. One educator who has worked with me for the last 18 years said, she had a blast working with him, as he brought so much to the group.

Needless to say, I am very proud of my son. He seems to be a natural.

Now read her son's story.

Male teacher: Looking for a teaching job

[MenTeach: We receive letters from people asking for help. This letter is representative of the tight economy.]

I've taught in inner city Houston schools for 17 years, mostly grades 2-4. I then taught in a suburban public school for two years. For the past 1 1/2 years I've taught in a private theraputic boarding school for troubled youth, a job which I totally enjoyed. That school is now being closed dued to the economic downturn.

I'm running into not only the unofficial gender bias but the unofficial age bias. (I'm 56.)

Can you help my son be a teacher?

[MenTeach: We receive many, many e-mails asking for help. They are powerful messages about young men wanting to teach - either from their parents or the young men themselves. We usually receive hundreds of these inquiries - and we welcome them - after news reports. Here is one that we are posting anonymously.]

I was sitting watching Good Morning America today and the story about male teachers came on. It was grieving to think we are lossing our male teachers.
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