Latest posts from Charlotte

Aug 30 2010

A.P. (Absolutely Panicked)

Workdays started last week. The principal had us all wear college or pro teams jerseys to drive home the point that we are a team and must work as a team to succeed this year. I think I’m really going to like her as a leader. She seems very straightforward and far, but also very…

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Aug 23 2010

Open House

So today was open house where my students and their families could come to the school, meet me, and visit the classroom. At first I was really nervous about this and secretly hoped no one from my class would show up. I had no idea what to say to parents and students other than “Hi,…

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Aug 19 2010


Today was the day I have been waiting for since the moment I accepted a position with Teach for America–today I received my class roster! For months, I have been trying to picture what my kids would look like, sound like, act like and what their little or big kid personalities would be. I would…

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Aug 09 2010

Hello Out There

I was never really one to keep a diary or journal. I love to write, but not about my feelings. Still, I’ve found over the last year of so that blogging is a great way to relieve stress and reflect on things. It worked well for me. So, naturally, after I found out I was…

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Jun 06 2010

It’s time.

I can hear planes taking off and landing. I can feel my mom squeeze me extra tight and say to me that she has never been more proud. I can smell the fried chicken, mashed potatoes & yellow corn that my grandma made in the wee hours of the morning so I could have a…

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Jun 01 2010

Queen’s City, here I come!

In 6 days I will be in Charlotte, NC for Induction.  This past semester has flown by! I am excited to meet the rest of the Charlotte Corp members as well as meet some of the principals that I may be working with for the next two years. I went to Charlotte two weekends ago…

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May 15 2010

23 Days and Counting

I only have 23 days left until I drive 8 hours to Charlotte,NC to attend Induction.  Induction is more or less an introduction to the city you will be living and teaching in.  You will meet all of the other Charlotte TFAers as well as interview with principals and learn more about your program.  After…

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Apr 30 2010


Well, only one exam stands in the way between me and focusing all of my energies on pre-institute work. I took a break from finals week yesterday and was able to get a lot of “grown-up” stuff done. I got my car’s oil changed and had the tires rotated and properly inflated so I will…

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Apr 27 2010

42 days until Induction!

Although it’s only been about 50 days since I found out about Teach For America, my life has been a whirlwind since.  I just took the Praxis II for General Science Content Knowledge, as well as Pedagogy Physical Science. Aka, what is required for me to be a legit High School Science teacher.  Let’s hope…

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Mar 30 2010

“What teachers make”

As the beginning of April quickly ascends over the chilly March cold-front I find myself hopeful. With April brings the nearing end of undergraduate work, the last days in room 321 teaching small children, and the final Chicago hurrah with my closest friends. Naturally, I relate this thought to what I have been teaching in…

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