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June 2, 2010

schools Kniseley to graduate to next phase of life REBECCA CARR editor @ mukilteobeacon . com by


hen Jack Kniseley started his teaching career, they handed him a roster and some textbooks, showed him his room and essentially said, “Have at it, buddy!” With no experience, or even specialized training, he walked into that Los Angeles classroom where 40 boys sat staring at him expectantly, waiting to be taught. “I never did student teaching, never took education classes,” he said. Back then, they didn’t have the many continuing education resources and workshops available to today’s teachers, or the student

teaching program that puts soon-to-graduate teachers in classrooms to learn hands-on from veterans. Today, 45 years later, Kamiak’s assistant principal Kniseley has a computer on his desk, a Blackberry in hand, a multi-view security monitor mounted on the wall of his office, a closed-circuit television and a DVD player. Back then it was a box of chalk and a lone mimeograph machine that teachers had to crank by hand, when they got their turn at it. “If you didn’t have purple mimeograph ink all over your fingers at the end of the day, you weren’t doing your


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Discovery Elementary second grader Pierce McVey passes out candy to his fellow students, in celebration of the school achieving his goal of correctly solving 1,000,000 math problems. McVey said he read a book in which a character inspired his school, and knew Discovery could meet the challenge as well. Pictured with McVey are mom, Amy, and Discovery parent/Olivia Park paraeducator Susan Davis.

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and she immediately jumped on board. “I wasn’t nervous at all,” he said of voluntarily heading to the principal’s office. “I just told her my idea, and she said she would talk to the staff. She said everyone liked the idea.” The goal was 1,000,000 math problems, but first McVey had to work out how to divide up the total among Discovery’s 24 classrooms. “We had to sit down and do it all on paper first,” he said. No, that extra work didn’t count toward the million. “I did that part with a calculator, so that meant it didn’t count,” he said. “We had to do all of the problems ourselves.” “Each classroom had a student add the number of math problem for their class,” Schott said. “We did have a goal for each classroom to

reach – but it soon had a life of its own! Everyone contributed.” Each classroom computed the number of problems as well, Schott said, as well as their after-school math program work. “It was great!” first grader Marcus McIver said. “My job was to add up all the math problems our class did each day, and that was a math problem.” Aaliyah Magee said the project made her feel smarter. “Kids were motivated to work at home on the weekends and in the evening,” Schott said. “This is the really cool part – it gets parents on board, and kids love the idea of keeping track of how many they did.” “It was fun and helped us learn more strategies to solve all sorts of math problems,” fifth grader Bryce McVey said. Pierce McVey said his fa-

vorite subjects are math and science, and he does math problems at home just for the fun of it. “He’s now multiplying up to a million just for fun,” mom Amy said. “My teacher, Mr. Church, really makes math fun,” McVey said. “He’s a really fun guy. He lets us win prizes and build a remote control Lego project where we use our math.” Schott kept track of the math problems and announced the running total on the public address system each Monday morning, McVey said. “I wasn’t worried at all (about making the goal). When we heard we were almost halfway through, I knew we were going to do it,” he said of finishing the goal. The most fun part about the challenge? “Doing the math. That was even more fun than the candy,” McVey said.

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that afternoon. “Their behavior was never an issue,” he said. Kniseley said he enjoyed those early years, both working with the young people and meeting the parents. “It was just a fun beginning experience,” he said. “The pay was not good, but the work was rewarding.” Teacher pay is considerably better these days, if not commensurate with the hours put in. Kniseley’s windfall that first year? $4,200. That jumped to a comparatively robust $10,000 annually when he switched to the public school system a few years later. “People don’t go into teaching to become rich. You have to have a love for young people and a desire to help them learn,” he said. “There is no other profession where the rewards are so positive. Seeing young people graduate and move on with their lives and become productive citizens is the payoff.” Kniseley said he has many fond memories and highlights, but after 45 years, it’s time to go. “I only leave with fond memories of my years in education. The last 16 years at Kamiak were very rewarding,” he said. “We have a wonderful staff, great kids. This is a very

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productive, high achieving school, with very supportive parents and successful programs in sports, music, debate, dance.” Having worked at Kamiak for 16 years, Kniseley said he enjoys seeing his former students teaching in the Mukilteo School District and working with them in the business world. “We have kids who graduated from Kamiak whose own children now attend,” he said.

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job,” Kniseley laughed. This marks Kniseley’s last year in education after an impressive career in which he served as teacher, principal, assistant principal, counselor and superintendent at various points. Technology has made some aspects easier than when Kniseley started; others more challenging. Teachers not only compete with cell phones and iPods for students’ attention, but have to ensure their students aren’t giving themselves an unfair advantage during tests. “We leave it up to the individual buildings and teachers, of what kids are allowed to have in class,” Kniseley said. “Some teachers think phones are a necessary communication link between students and parents.” A lot has changed since that day in 1965, and not just in the area of technology. Beyond the random fire drill to break the monotony of the day, today’s students practice earthquake drills, lockdowns, evacuations, intruder drills and more. In fact, Kamiak was in its second lockdown in a couple of weeks when this reporter interviewed Kniseley. How do teachers find the

time? “Teachers are troopers,” Kniseley said. “There is probably no other profession with such a versatile population, none so important as the business of caring and teaching.” Back when Kniseley started, kids with developmental delays and other issues weren’t in the public school system. Now they’re integrated into the classrooms with their mainstream peers. “That has changed dramatically,” he said. Today, teachers and administrators focus more on keeping students in school. Back then, students could drop out and go to work if they chose. Today, it’s next to impossible to find a job without a high school education. “You had material you had to cover; you just covered it,” he said of the old days. “The students knew what was expected of them, and they did it.” “Those were the days you could swat kids who didn’t do what they’re told,” he said. “Teachers never did, of course; the administration did.” Kniseley didn’t have to resort to corporal punishment. Kids who didn’t cooperate in English or math knew they’d face an irate coach Kniseley on the gridiron at practice


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