School Days, Reminiscences of Pete Springer

Many thanks to educator, Norah Colvin, for allowing me to participate in her outstanding weekly feature, School Days Reminiscences. I’m so appreciative of not only her support of me but to the entire field of education.

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Pete Springer, teacher, author and blogger. Pete joined in these conversations about school days right from the beginning. Like me, he is a passionate educator and has spent many years in the classroom changing lives.

Although he is no longer in the classroom, his passion for education remains strong. He has established a Facebook page to support teachers and has written a book sharing his experience as a teacher with the intention of supporting other teachers, especially those just starting their journey.

He titled his book They Call Me Mom. What a fabulous title. As a teacher, I was called Mum…

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14 thoughts on “School Days, Reminiscences of Pete Springer

  1. It’s back to school day here in Oregon. I’m heading over to Norah’s to read the rest of your guest post, Pete. Happy almost autumn. 🙂

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  2. petespringerauthor August 29, 2019 — 1:28 pm

    Most of the kids in California are in their second week. Our son attended school at Willamette University in Salem, so we’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Oregon. Thanks for leaving a comment, Diana.

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  3. A great interview. I agree about the struggles with mental illness in kids. My daughter consults with the Baltimore School system and had to learn a great deal about trauma.


  4. petespringerauthor August 30, 2019 — 3:07 pm

    The challenges of being a teacher are harder all the time. So many more at-risk kids with often fewer resources to help them in the school. Teachers often have to deal with the repercussions of having violent children in the classroom. In California, we are facing a teacher shortage as, unfortunately, the pay and working conditions are creating an environment where it is harder to attract new candidates to the profession.

    What I see happening is what I feared. Instead of raising the pay and providing more support for beleaguered teachers, it appears to me that the standards for becoming a teacher are lowering. It took four years of study and an additional year of student teaching to obtain a teacher’s credential when I came out. Now, it seems that the entire process is completed in four years.


  5. Good post, Pete. I enjoyed getting to know you better.

    I didn’t know CA was making becoming a teacher easier. Me too–four year degree and two more to get my credential. I know a renewal requires only money. That surprised me.

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    1. Jacqui, I went through those years to get my credential in the late 1980s before CA made it easier for the process. Even the renewal required a log of 140 (?) hours of self improvement. Right now the renewal is online and pay money. I did the last renewal after retirement. I don’t think I’ll do anymore renewal.

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    2. petespringerauthor August 31, 2019 — 10:44 am

      Yes, I had to renew my credential every five years. Of course, that comes with a fee. We wouldn’t want the government to go poor. Ha-ha!


  6. Hi Pete, I’m heading over to Norah’s to read your post.


    1. petespringerauthor August 31, 2019 — 10:47 am

      Thank you, Miriam. I am a big fan of Norah’s as she has a big heart when it comes to kids and education.

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      1. I agree with you, Pete.


  7. I thoroughly enjoyed Norah’s interview!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 2, 2019 — 8:13 am

      I never miss a week of Nora’s School Reminisces. Reading about someone else’s educational experiences is so interesting.

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      1. Me, too. I am glued to her interviews. I love reading about the differences in schools throughout the world, and students’ perspective. Your story was delightful!

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  8. Wonderful interview Pete. 🙂

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