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One of my favorite assignments in my time here at The Post-Star so far was when Army Sgt. David Mulcahy paid a surprise visit on Nicole Enny-Tully 's fifth grade class at William Barton Intermediate School in Queensbury in June.

You learn a lot of things as a teacher. In fact, the more you teach, the more you learn.

Now, it’s time to learn more about writing about teachers.

If you follow Michael Goot’s blog, you know that he’s leaving the education beat and moving on to cover the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George, because of Maury Thompson’s retirement.

That gives me the opportunity to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time — cover education for The Post-Star. I have been here five years, and I have really enjoyed getting to know the people and places in Washington County, as well as covering topics like suicide, recovery from drug addiction, homelessness and soup kitchens.

I am sure I will enjoy visiting classrooms and schools, watching school boards work and examining school trends just as much if not more. We'll have to see.

As far as background goes, I was a newspaper reporter for eight years when my wife asked me if maybe I could find a job where I didn’t have to work every Friday and Saturday and every other Sunday.

It took two years, but for the next 16 years, I was teaching, mostly 11th Grade U.S. History. My wife became a teacher as well, and I was fortunate enough to teach at the same high school as my two daughters for four years each. I have stories, trust me. One of those two daughters now has her own fifth-grade classroom in Boston.

Remarriage brought me up here, after growing up in Rhode Island and working in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and I was fortunate enough to catch on with The Post-Star.

I am looking forward to the beat change, and I welcome any ideas you might have.

You can read Bill Toscano's blog at poststar.com/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.

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