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Sep 09 2012

The tiny people!

“Miss Won! Today at recess, I was writing with my pencils (holding two giant Ticonderoga pencils)… so my muscles got strong AND my brain got strong!” -1st grader in my class, after malleable intelligence lesson I made the mistake of not keeping a blog during my first year of teaching. Things got rough, busy, etc.…

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Jul 26 2012

B is for Band

My students are featured on the band OK Go’s Facebook page for their simple machine drawings based on the music video “This Too Shall Pass” ( As a Do Now activity in spring 2011, they were instructed to watch the video, choose a favorite simple machine, and explain how the machine changed the direction of…

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Jul 26 2012

B is for Belief

Today marks one month since I left the Bay Area.  In 11 days, I will move to Johannesburg, South Africa to begin my next adventure in education.  I will serve as the Director of Development and Leadership for EAdvance, a uniquely South African education company that provides affordable private education to low income communities.  Similar…

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Jun 26 2012

one thing’s certain: I am here.

Applying to Teach For America was easy.  I’m not saying getting in was simple, and I’m definitely not saying that the extensive amount of work required throughout the application process was a walk in the park — what was easy was determining that this organization, this cause, was aligned entirely with the vision I had…

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Apr 25 2012


Why do I show up every single day? Without fail. You ask me. Why? Because I can’t help how much I feel for my 31 kiddies. I am the extension of their family. And this merger–well, it’s going to happen. The neighborhood will change. And the success of change depends on how we approach it. I…

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Jan 17 2012


Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman

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Jan 10 2012

Nervous and Excited

I am a 2012 member and I slated to be teaching High School biology in the Bay Area.

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Dec 24 2011

B is for Better

Here’s to not falling into the blogging “catch-up” trap, where I recount what has happened since I last updated in June.  Suffice it to say that there have been victories and defeats, personally and professionally.  Every teaching day is still massively challenging, and I remain grateful for my students and their families, for my charter…

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Oct 28 2011

epilogue part 1

when i first made my decision not to return to the classroom for year 2, i felt the need to defend myself; although i decided to leave for a variety of reasons, many of which sprang from the deep depression within which i found myself for most of last year, i was not doing so…

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Jul 04 2011

I hate TFA

I really do. It’s a song – it’s just the words haven’t been written for it yet. There’s so much bullshit – I could fill a swimming pool. Instead – I’ll just bow out (of blogging on TeachForUs). What? You thought I’d back off teaching the kids because TFA is a hot mess? No fucking…

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