Mrs. McCain – 3rd Grade

Mrs. Opal McCain, 3rd Grade

My grandmother was a third grade teacher.  This was way back in the day when teachers were respected by both parents & students.  Mrs. McCain ran a tight ship.  As you can see by her yearbook photo, she does NOT stand for ANY tomfoolery or horseplay.  However, she was loved by her student, the administration, and especially the parents.

If you got in trouble in her classroom, you could be sure that your parents would know before the end of the school day.  This was the time when people would say, “when I was in school, if I got in trouble I would also get in bigger trouble at home!”

I wish that were still true today.  As a school counselor I have seen so many parents be rude to teachers and accuse them of poor teaching.  It is a shame, and I am sure Mrs. Opal McCain would not stand for it!

So going through some of my grandmother’s old papers, I found this gem.

Look!  The parents took responsibility.  They talked with their child.  They worked out a solution and agreed to suffer the consequences!  Also, the parent recognized that the student was using his eyes as a “CRUTCH”!  She said, “he has to learn to live with it”.  WOW!


Dr. Poppy Moon is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified School Counselor. She graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College of Louisiana with a BS degree in Chemistry and a minor in French. She obtained her masters degree in Counselor Education from Texas A & M Commerce. Dr. Moon attended the University of Alabama to earn her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, focusing on child and adolescent issues. This year Dr. Moon was honored to be selected as the 2015 Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year. Dr. Moon is an accomplished author and illustrator of guidance related games, books, and DVDs. Operation Breaking the Boy Code & Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Operation Breaking the Middle School Code, Kicky the Mean Chick, How to Be a Bully - NOT!, and Good Friends/Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference are just some of her creations. Dr. Moon was thrilled to receive a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for her book that she both wrote and illustrated, The School with No Rules. Two other books she illustrated, Brad Takes a Bite Out of Meanness and Princess Priscilla and the Bully Bee Day both received Mom’s Choice Silver Awards. Her first game, Snoots Toots! A Kids Guide to Empathy & Manners, received a Dr. Toy Best Game Award. Dr. Moon was selected as the University of West Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2013. Her company, Out of This World Productions, creates streaming guidance media for counselors and teachers. OTWP produced all the digital material for the Cengage text Counseling Children. She believes that her goal in life is to help counselors be better counselors. She says, “There is magic in what we do. We change lives." Dr. Moon resides in Tuscaloosa, where she is a professor at the University of West Alabama. She lives with her imagination, a weenie dog named Snoots, and four amazing cats.
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