Dr. Richard Machesky, the Superintendent of Troy Schools, substitute teaches in Betsy Murphy’s third grade class at Hamilton Elementary on Wednesday afternoon. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Hamilton Elementary third-graders had a different kind of substitute teacher on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Richard Machesky, the Superintendent of Troy Schools, stood in as the teacher for Betsy Murphy’s class.
“The Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence was trying to raise money,” explained secretary to the Hamilton principal Pam Byrd. “You could sign up for a payroll deduction of $5 per pay to wear jeans on Friday.”
But the superintendent wanted to take things a little further. “In order to get more participation, Dr. Machesky came up with the idea that you would get half a day off if you were chosen” in a drawing, continued Byrd. “Once a month, a teacher will be chosen.”
The money goes to the foundation. And if Dr. Machesky comes to your class, you may just get a lesson in reading and punctuation. Today’s readings were Owls Are Great Hunters and a student-written piece about Piston Andre Drummond.
“Who controls what the reader needs to know?” asked Machesky of the class.
“The Author,” they answered.
“Who controls the punctuation?” he continued.
“The Author,” they said again.
And with that, they launched into at exercise about paragraph placement and storytelling before moving to indoor recess.