Amazing Staff

Posted: February 19, 2012 by Ed Griffin in Prison
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I often complain about the staff who work in prison, but I have to mention some outstanding staff. One who comes to mind is a teacher. She works for about half of what she could make in the public school system. I’m talking $25 dollars teacheran hour compared to $50 an hour. That’s a substantial difference.

She works for a private company who won the contract from the prison system. Like so many other things in prison, it’s the low bidder who usually wins the contract.

This teacher has no union to protect her, but she teaches on, giving a hundred and fifty percent of herself. “Damn fine teacher,” one inmate says. “Taught me how to read,” another says.

The men respond to her because she respects them. Does she have trouble in her classroom, fights breaking out? No. And if a few guys get close to mixing it up, other inmates stop them. “Take it to the yard,” they say.

She teaches basic skills and hopes to bring each man to a high school diploma or an equivalent diploma. Sadly, there is no higher education in prison unless an inmate pays for it. That’s why I set up a bursary  (

I doubt if society will ever acknowledge teachers like this. She is the true ‘crime fighter.’ Since education is the proven way out of crime, she is at the center of the rehabilitation process.

dandelionsPeople do everything to get the dandelions out of their yards. They spray them with deadly chemicals, they root them out with sharp instruments. Here’s a woman who works with dandelions, respects them and helps change them into good members of society. Kudos to a teacher who ribbon




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  1. Thnaks so much for this wonderful post, Ed. It’s so good to get stories like this. I’m going to see if I can tweet it from here, something I’ve never tried to do before. Here’s hoping.

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