Teacher to Corbett, Nutter: Try my job for an hour

A third-grade teacher in the Philadelphia schools has issued a challenge to Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter: Teach an hour in my class.

Judy Willner is a veteran teacher – with more than 35 years’ experience – now assigned to Joseph Pennell Elementary in the Ogontz neighborhood. School District stats show that 96 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged.

Teaching has been her lifelong passion, she wrote in 2010 on a Web page created for a book she cowrote. She began in Camden soon after college when a second-grade teacher quit in midterm. “I’ve been doing it ever since and can’t imagine doing anything else.”