A Firsthand Perspective on School Security

You could say I am an expert on school security. With more than 30 years of experience as a textbook salesman, I made my living by calling on Illinois schools. I called on the Chicago public schools, the best and worst of the suburban public schools, the smallest of rural schools, the Catholic schools, and the private ones. Hard to believe, but I actually began my career in textbook sales strictly as a school cold-call salesman. Without appointment, I would enter a school carrying my weighted down leather book bag and report to the main office. I would show my business card and introduce myself to the school secretary. In most cases, she would provide me with the names, room numbers, and planning period times of the department heads (i.e., math, science, history) I wished to visit. I always made it a point to never disturb teachers and department heads while they were teaching, or in meetings. As the years passed, I began to develop strong working relationships with school department...(Read Full Post)