Latest posts from Appalachia

Feb 09 2014

On learning, not teaching

As I sat in church this morning, I had a remarkable realization. I thought I came to Appalachia to teach, to educate, and to enlighten. With only three months left in my TFA commitment, I finally realized that I have gotten it backwards. Yes, in a sense, I may be teaching, educating and enlightening, but…

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Dec 10 2013

On Watching My Kids SOAR!

A student's thoughts from the SOAR conference

Yesterday, I took some of my students to the SOAR conference with the movers and shakers of my region to discuss opportunities for saving our region in the face of the decline of our biggest employer and the driver of our economy. It was an amazing experience to hear from so many of the people…

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Dec 03 2013

Let Your Kids Be Your Hope

my kids are awesome

For all of you first year CMs who are having the worst month of your life right now, this post is for you. IT DOES GET BETTER. THERE IS HOPE. BELIEVE IN YOUR STUDENTS AND GIVE THEM A PLATFORM TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS. THEY WILL ASTOUND, INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOU. This time last year, I…

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Mar 07 2013

Weeds Are Flowers Too.

I quickly realized after getting my teaching placement that if I blogged about my school and community, it would be easy for people to know it was me since there are only a handful of us where I teach. On the off-chance that someone would read one of my posts and misconstrue it, or even…

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Jun 25 2012

I’ve got the Delta blues

My kids yelled at me today. My school has a cockroach infestation. There is either no air or air on full blast. It’s over 100 degrees outside and we have no air on the hour long bus ride. My kids are so far behind that I don’t see them ever catching up. I need to…

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Jun 03 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! I’m a Southern girl who was raised in a white, middle class home in the state in which I will be teaching. There are a few things you should know about me and about this blog: I have seen the achievement gap firsthand and want to do my part to close…

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May 14 2012

There were no words

We were practicing softball inside. We were closing up, in the same circle we start and end practice with. One of my girls, Amanda* said, “I think my Aunt has cancer”. The gym was completely silent. I had this awful knot in my chest. I know it’s my job to say something like that when…

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Feb 26 2012

Spring has Sprung

The past two weeks have marked the beginning of a new trimester. They have also marked the end of one third of my commitment as a TFA CM. Time has passed so quickly and so slowly at the same time. Orientation seemed like a dream, Institute was a dream/nightmare, first couple weeks of school were…

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Dec 14 2011

Be surprised

Dear friends, It’s hard to explain how it is I ended up all the way up here in the Appalachian Mountains. This is probably a universal sentiment among most CMs, but I still feel like an anomaly. First of all, what am I doing so far inland? I’ve moved around quite a bit, but I’ve always…

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Jun 10 2011

My (New) Kentucky Home

My first three days in Kentucky have been an incredible experience. I want to get into details, but first I want to recap what I’m doing here with Teach For America, and what Teach For America aims to do as an organization dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap in the US. Teach For America is…

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