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Aug 11 2015

Transformational Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight

I wrote this blog post for TFA Top Stories and received some positive feedback, so I thought I would share it on my own page. You can access it here. https://www.teachforamerica.org/top-stories/transformational-change-doesnt-happen-overnight

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Jun 07 2015

Inescapable Privilege

Teach for America talks about privilege at every event and in every meeting. It is an unavoidable reality that as a college-educated teacher working in a low-income community it would come up. I was excited for these conversations. What I did not expect was how much it would come to take over my way of…

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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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After two and a half years teaching at Homestead Senior, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life–to leave. Why I decided to leave? I still can’t logically explain it. Nothing was wrong. I had the best students, the best administration, I was doing so much, getting kids to learn, to invest…

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Mar 21 2015

#91: Affinity

One of my former students approached me around October. He really wanted to start an LGBT group and wanted me to sponsor it. I wondered why he had approached me. Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for candor and for answering frank questions from students. I’ve always made sure to affirm the identities of…

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Mar 04 2015

Seven Truths About Being a Minority (hint: you don’t choose it)

This post has been a long time coming. It all starts with one really simple question. Why would I choose to be a minority? From the outside I seem like the stereotypical perfect American girl. I am good looking, I have good hair, I dress well, I take care of myself, I am intellectual, I…

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Mar 01 2015

The Prophetic Fish

                  “Teacher, my dad buyed me a pet!” exclaimed Dino, shifting back and forth beaming down at a plastic 6 oz. cup with murky water and, sure enough, a fish swimming around.  This was my third day as a teacher in the U.S. and because the district…

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Feb 22 2015

A Reflection (It’s NEVER Ok Not To Say Anything)

I have been in my town for almost three years now. I completed my two years in the corps and stayed on to finish my third year so I could get my certification, complete my Masters and help one of my favorite students. Looking back, I can see how much I have changed and developed…

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Feb 03 2015

Please Help My Students See Selma!

https://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/selma-for-my-students-/300821 “Martin Luther King, Jr.? Miss, who’s that?” The question stopped me in my tracks and caused me to turn around with an uncontrollable look of disbelief.  I’m not a stranger to the disproportionate representation of black faces and history in many American classrooms, but Dr. King? Surely everyone in America knows him, even if they…

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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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