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How's it going, teachers?

By LOGAN D. MABE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

Driven and devoted
PABLO GALLEGO ALVAREZ: Bellamy Elementary's PE teacher appears to put his all into a job that is "a lot more complex than it looks."
A fresh start
DAISY QUESTELL: A middle school rookie is as excited as her students about teaching at a new school. Her challenge: planning.
'Stern but lovable'
ADRIANNE HALL: A Sickles novice holds her own after reaching a make-or-break point. And she smiles every day, well before Thanksgiving.
Three rookie teachers are finding out what life is like on the steady climb up the learning curve. Out of hundreds of first-year teachers hired by the Hillsborough School District, North of Tampa selected three to chronicle the challenges they face.

With student report cards on their way reflecting the first grading period, we report on the progress of Bellamy Elementary physical education teacher Pablo Gallego Alvarez, Liberty Middle computer and business teacher Daisy Questell, and Sickles High history teacher Adrianne Hall.

We followed them from the first day of school in August to record what they have taught, and what they have learned.

Gallego, who seeks to be a role model, has grown to appreciate the value PE has for children bursting with energy after long hours at their desks. Business and computer instructor Questell, a seasoned educator at the college level, is weathering a crash course in middle school survival. And Hall, who teaches world history, must marry instinct with what she learned in school.

This is the first of four quarterly reports.

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