who's who americas teachers

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  1. Lovelabs

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    AMK, Didn't your form have the student's name on it? Mine is there with his university. I'm not buying the book, but I loved this kid and I'm so pleased he thought of me. By the way, your name will be in the book even if you don't but it. Fill out the form. It won't make or break you.
     
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    I agree Jane!
     
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    I understand your point clearly. My point is that there ARE enough naive people who WOULD put this on resumes and use it as the only way to lift their spirits. Common sense is not so common.
     
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    What a great thread!

    This is fun!

    :D :D :D
     
  5. JenPooh

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    :D :rolleyes: :D
     
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    How did you find out

    who nominated you? I hate the thought of being taken advantage of but it did make me feel kind of good, especially after the year I've had.

    Krsiten

    "My nomination....which I called and checked on....came from a former 3rd grade student whom I watched go through High School, will graduate as Validictorian and is a National Merit Scholar (Which IS legit). One of the benefits of teaching in a small school is being able to daily see your former students and let them know you are rooting for them. "
     
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    If I knew who nominated me, I would fill out the form. What have you got to lose? I hope you feel honored.
     
  8. AMK

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    I am not going to buy the book but I am so curious to know who nominated me and no where does it say who did. I have been teaching only for 4 years. My 1st kindergarten class is in 3rd grade so I am not sure if would be any of them, but who knows.
     
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    They send out mass mailings to students, both at their homes and at school. After the first few years of doling them out in homeroom, my old school started throwing them away.

    The nomination forms are also online now, and in magazines, etc.

    I think the people who nominate us are also victims of this scam. Their intentions are good and appreciated, but it's still a scam. A legal, money-making scam.

    Please, folks, don't fall for it.
     
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    I just believe that these "honor books" are just there for money making.
    Sorry to say, it´s the main reason they publish these. They print some names for free because otherwise the book could not be that thick. They are in need of names, too. Some will have to pay, others don´t. Part of the game.

    Whatsoever, congrats and keep going!
     
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    I don't know if this will help, but I got my letter a few days ago and instead of using my first name, there was an initial and my last name. That's what I use for any web stuff, purchases, surveys, etc., so I can identify salespeople. If a student really did nominate me, I would think they would have known (and used) my first name as well as my last. While it's still possible I was nominated, it reaks of a con.
     
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    I receuved it as well. I am not sur who nominated me neither. I dont even teach in a public school- it is an honor. I did send it in but didnt order the book . I will read about it online I suppose.
     
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    I've been nominated for this twice, and both times I got a letter telling me who nominated me. I think it's strange that none of you know who nominated you. But this was a few years ago, I've only recently gotten back into teaching. Maybe they keep it annonymous now.
     
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    I also recieved a letter from them. I decided against sending the form in for several reasons. One being that I have not had any real teaching experience other than subbing since I left college. I looked over the application and just felt that I had not done anything spectacular enough to get in. Plus it has been almost two years since I have quit substituting.

    Marci D.
     
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    I recieved a letter a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't that just make you feel special? I haven't been teaching long either, but somewhere along the way I must have done something right! I was in the Who's Who Among American High School Students over a decade ago, but I didn't even know they had a book for educators as well.Congrats to all the other recipients! I'll see you in the book!
     
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    still unsure.....

    I teach kindergarten as well, though I have been teaching for 12 years. This has been my first nomination. I called Who's Who directly and asked why the name of the person who nominated me didn't appear on the letter. They told me it is because I was nominated from a peer who wished to be anonymous. I asked just what "peer" meant, in that, a mailing list such as scholastic, mailbox,etc. The gal on the phone said it cannot come from a mailing list, it needs to be from someone else who was honored in the book or a parent. They don't use mailing lists, she said. But I don't know how parents nominate, either, since they are not in the who's who book. Since the nomination probably came from a peer, it was sent to my house, not my school. Hmmmmm, I am not sure what to think. I will send in the info, but with some skepticism. Hopefully I won't regret it. Anyone else call and check out who nominated them? :confused:
     
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    This is confusing. Both of my nomination letters came to my home and included the names of the students who nominated me. Both of them were in Who's Who of High School Students, but I not sure if that has anything to with anything. While I know they want to sell those books (which I did not purchase), I had the opportunity to look at one and my name was listed. I was honored, and let the kids know I was. It certainly didn't do me any harm, and the notion that it's meaningless is ridiculous. The people whose names were taken from mailing lists probably feel differently. By the way, our the nominations for our district were passed on to administration and there was an article in the paper. It was good PR at the very least.
     
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    If that is the kind of PR you want, then go for it.

    I know some of you think I am being very harsh about this topic (and others too) but how much proof do some of you need?

    Go ahead and believe it's a genuine honor. Do any of you want to buy some prime real estate in the Sahara?
     
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    Actually, Jane, I don't usually think you're harsh, and most of the time I agree with your comments. However, the Sahara crack was rude and condescending. The point I was trying to make has nothing little to do with the publication and more to do with a child that took the time to recognize me.
     
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    I got my letter in the mail (to my home) about a month ago. I have worked with Migrant Head Start since 1994 - ages infant through preschool. This year I worked at a private preschool. I couldn't imagine that anyone from either place would nominate me. I suppose that I am on lots of mailing list though, because I get tons of catalogs in the mail.

    So, when I get this "very special" letter, I threw it in the trash.
     
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    I would like to comment that what bothers me is that there are people who want to ruin the "glory." What 's the matter with everybody? It's an honor...and I doubt that it really matters if it's a money making scheme or not...who cares.
     
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    I agree with you. It is up to each individual to decide. I have decided to return my info. I believe I would have despite the nay sayers. I've got nothing to lose. I am not obligated to buy. I am one not influenced by the opinions of others. I appreciate all the input, and it always helps when making a decision. In the end, it really comes down to a personal decision. Right or wrong, it is my choice. I prefer to think positive and above all, I have not lost my dignity nor my love of teaching and the honor that comes with it.
    :)
     
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    I am only trying to keep some of you from helping a business that preys on people's self-esteem from making any more money off teachers. This is no honor and I was only concerned about some of you and your choices. I'm sorry if I offended anyone. Go ahead and do it if it means that much to you.

    The ProTeacher forum believes it is a hollow honor:

    http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache...e/1183.html+who's+who+american+teachers&hl=es

    Homeschool World researched the Who's Who for HS Students and found some similar discrepencies:

    http://www.home-school.com/experts/college/posts/71.html

    Schools are wising up and telling parents not to fall for it:

    http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cach...+scams:++who's+who+in+american+teachers&hl=en

    Guidance departments are alerting families about it:

    http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cach...+scams:++who's+who+in+american+teachers&hl=en

    There are commercial alerts and warnings:
    http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cach...id/218+who's+who+american+teachers+scam&hl=en

    But go ahead.
     
  25. Grammy Teacher

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    Now stop and think about this. DON'T BUY THE BOOK!!!!!! OR! if you really would like to own it, then by all means BUY IT!!!! Business is business and they are in it for the money...big deal. No matter what, if you know WHO nominated you for this honor, then feel honored! No one is forced to buy the book. My gosh this is ridiculous. It doesn't matter.
     
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    I think this topic has been debated enough. ;)

    I'm closing the thread.
     
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