One of the great thinkers in history, the impact

 of Plato on human knowledge is immeasurable.

Image Source: Professor Mickelsen's Page

     In his work, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, Diogenes Laertius recounted the story of the tragic enslavement of Plato by his enemies.  Brought to Aegina to be sold, Plato was recognized by a Cyrenaean philosopher named Annikeris (pronounced AH-NI-KER-IS).  Understanding the great service he could perform for mankind, Annikeris paid the philosopher's ransom and dispatched him to Athens.  When Plato’s friends attempted to repay the debt, Annikeris declined.  Instead, he used the money to purchase for Plato the small garden where he founded the Academy.  In the hopes that students and teachers alike may follow Annikeris’ example of selflessness, this site bears his name.

     This story was first imparted to me by Professor Thomas J. Figueira of Rutgers University.  I leave it to the reader to pass it on to others and learn from it what you will.  To me, it portrays the enduring legacy of human kindness ... that one life never simply ends ... it goes on to touch others for eternity.

     In Annikeris' spirit, the mission of this website is to share resources and guidance to improve students' educational experiences.

      And, to Professor Figueira ... thank you.


A little about the website's creator ... Mr. Michael Ojeda

    I am very proud to be a life-long resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  My parents were born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States during the 1960's.  Growing up, they never let me forget the importance of working hard and contributing to my community; they taught me that, in America, you really could be whatever you wished.  They were right.

    I've never wanted to be anything but a teacher ... probably because I had so many great teachers at St. Adalbert's School, Bender Memorial Academy, and Roselle Catholic High School.  I feel fortunate to have been hired by the Elizabeth Public Schools after graduating from Rutgers University in 2000.  I started my career as a resource teacher at Charles J. Hudson School No. 25, a position that gave me the opportunity to work with many wonderful students and teachers.  Then, for six years, I made a second home at William F. Halloran School No. 22, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence housed at Monsignor João S. Antão School No. 31. I served as fourth and fifth grade social studies teacher until June 2009 when I was appointed vice principal of Terence C. Reilly School No. 7.


 

Last Updated on June 20, 2010

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