Where are they now?
Welcome to a new occasional feature on Classroom Connections (really, really, we're changing our name soon) looking at past newsmakers in the world of Maryland education, from the prominent to the obscure.
Today we start with T.S. Grant, whom you city folk may recall as the guy who unsuccessfully challenged Marietta English two years ago in the Baltimore Teachers Union election, running for president of the teacher chapter. English won easily, though only a small fraction of the union membership turned out to vote.
Grant has since left his job as an American government teacher at New Era Academy. Now, while English fights the union's battle over planning time, Grant is enrolled in a Ph.D program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He's studying African-American boys in the foster care system with the hopes of one day opening a boarding school for them. He also runs an educational consulting business.
In his spare time, Grant has memorized -- yep, MEMORIZED -- the entire U.S. Constitution. It takes around an hour for him to recite it aloud. He likes to tell people that, if he can commit the thing to memory, they can at least take a little while to read it. Last month, on the 220th anniversary of the document's adoption, Grant traveled to Philadelphia and showed his stuff at the National Constitution Center. Check out some local media coverage of his performance (video included) here.
Any other ghosts from education stories past care to reveal themselves? Anybody whose whereabouts you'd like us to track down? Drop your suggestions in the comments section.