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May 26 2015

“Welcome to alumnihood.”

I graduated from Teach For America eleven days ago. It was a lovely ceremony; I invited a few of my closest school friends (my Houston family) and we all raised our glasses of sparkling apple juice to two years of deeply meaningful work. At the end I took pictures with flowers and certificates and that…

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Feb 01 2015

committed to a third year!

Just withdrew my job application from another city and committed to a third year in my placement school. I think about 3/4 of my cohort of 26 will likely be doing the same. I’m thrilled for many reasons – just one of which is that in staying a third year, I’m proving so many of…

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Dec 23 2014

It’s not you, it’s me

I never thought I’d be one to leave a school mid-year. I am not a quitter and I’ve always prided myself on never giving up. But as the choices become more complex, and less black and white, I’ve realized that sometimes not giving up on a dream means walking away from something that you know…

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Nov 29 2014

things change.

The past few weeks have been full of upheaval; for someone who hates change as much as I do, I’ve struggled to remain positive in the face of so much transition. I suppose some of this is to be expected. In some ways, what I had last year – mentors everywhere, a close and well-defined…

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Nov 16 2014

I believe in all things.

It’s been a while. This site’s gone through some ups and downs, and of course, Teacher October – though better this time around – kicked me while I was down. I don’t know how to sum up this second year; it seems like everything – from my students to my campus to even myself –…

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Sep 02 2014

it’s official: I’m teaching a third year

Just turned down a $75k/year job offer to teach a third year because I love what I do and I’m not finished yet. I once heard a clip of a commencement speech, delivered at MIT a few years ago by one of the founders of Dropbox. He talked about the idea of the tennis ball. and how…

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Aug 07 2014

the second year begins.

And so it goes.   I’m not really sure where to begin. It’s been a whirlwind of a week; last week, in the span of 24 hours, I tried to gracefully transition from corporate/private sector life back to school life. It was a little rough. I spent two days in content leadership training, then headed…

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Jul 19 2014

the end of summer…

…and with it, a deep sense of reflection, purpose, wistfulness. In some ways I’ll miss these summer days. Free from the anxiety of evaluation and teaching, I think I bloomed a little this summer, reclaiming parts of myself that had long been forgotten in the tumult of first-year-teaching. it’ll be hard to leave this life.…

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Apr 26 2014

STAAR results & moving on.

We got our STAAR results back! Of the 85 students I teach, 6 failed (though they are the hardest-working and more incredible students know), meaning 93% of my kiddos passed. I cried of happiness and relief and freedom when I opened the email in the teacher’s lounge one sunny afternoon last week. And then minutes…

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Mar 30 2014

on re-hitting my stride

Spring has come and, with it, all the promise of finishing this year out strong. In a strange way, it feels like some things have already come to an end. We had our last district-wide 8th grade English day and, after hours of reflection and planning and best practices for next year, I walked into…

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