Al Fischer Board

Al Fischer is originally from Michigan and achieved his B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University.Then he spent 0% of his time teaching, devoting a couple of decades to musical theater work.Then he spent 50% of his time teaching in St. Louis Missouri, filling out the rest of his time playing piano in a synagogue, directing choir in churches, and serving as artistic director for the Gateway Men's Chorus, St. Louis' gay men's group.Now he spends 100% of his time teaching in the Yakima School District and is proud to be a brand new National Board Certified Teacher.


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At our school we encourage kids to have Fewer Than Five absences for the year.  Attendance counts!  This is how and why we do it.  @WishFischer #WATeachLead

Channeling Mr. Rogers

I started this school year with a master teacher whispering in my ear.  We all have teachers we remember for their lasting impact on us. We find ourselves emulating their voice, channeling their spirit. I was recently inspired by a documentary about Fred Rogers which brought up all sorts of old associations for me.  I am currently speaking with a softer voice, smiling more, and being very honest with my students.

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It’s 1:00 and First Grade is in a line at the Music Room door.  

One by one the students come up and we greet each other.  Some want a high five, some jump and hit my hand with the top of their head, some grab a hug, some bump my elbow with theirs, and some just say hi

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As a gay man in a new world of gender identity awareness, I think I have something of value to offer my students.  I am committed to being an excellent role model for the kids… but there’s a wrinkle. In order for me to be a positive gay male example, the kids need to know I’m gay.

Good Question!

How do I know I have something worthwhile to say? Writing a blog can feel like declaring yourself the authority on something, having the audacity to believe yourself in possession of vital insights.  How can I sit here and write for CORElaborate, thinking people need to hear what I have to say?