Latest posts from D.C. Region

Jun 26 2011

On Being a Man of Color in Education

Last Friday, I walked out of my classroom for the last time. Two years of teaching, done, just like that. Though I still haven’t had the chance to process that last day I will do so soon. This is, I guess, the first post of “Year Three,” made semi-official by Alumni Induction a few weeks…

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Jun 21 2011

Question Before I Drink the Kool-Aid

So Induction starts Wednesday, and I’m excited to let the brainwashing begin. I’m two years out of college, so probably less likely than some to be susceptible, but then again I’m pretty susceptible to brainwashing in general if commercials are any indicator (KFC Double Down! I’m going to buy that tonight!) But here’s my question.…

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Jun 15 2011

When You Know It’s Really Over…

Two photos of my classroom, one taken… Before taking stuff down: and one taken… After taking stuff down (with the help of student labor): It’s been a great two years here in DCPS. Though there are things I will certainly not miss, there are many more things that I will miss. It’s over, folks. (Back…

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Jun 13 2011

Life at the Intersection of Law and Education

I know I want to stay “in education” for as far out in my future as I can reliably commit to. To this end, I’ve chosen to go to law school this fall. Of course, curious people continue to ask, “If you’re interested in education, why are you going to law school?” Though I may…

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Jun 09 2011

A Whole New World

Are you singing the Aladdin song in your head too? I had to title this post “A Whole New World,” because my life has dramatically changed since my last post in January. Here are some of the recent updates… 1. I got married March 19th, 2011 to my bestfriend & greatest love! I am now…

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Jun 09 2011

Overheard Outside a DCPS Staff Bathroom…

Teacher: “Good morning, [custodian's name]! Sorry to bother you, but I have a request. Is there any toilet paper? The staff bathroom is out.” Custodian: “You know what? We’re actually really low on toilet paper right now. Like really low.” (awkward pause) Teacher: “And…?” Custodian: “And… Uhh, okay, let me go check the first floor…

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Jun 07 2011

Teacher Love

A few days ago, I got an email from Adam Geller, who is apparently the founder of Teach for Us. He directed me to Kerry Folan, who recently created a site called teacherlove.org for people to post stories about their favorite teachers. I was told I would have  $100 donated to me through Donors Choose…

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Jun 06 2011

Making the Transition from Corps Member to Alum

Alumni Induction is a milestone for most CMs, symbolizing two years of hard work, much of it thankless, some of it agonizing, and all of it memorable, and ushering in the opportunities, whatever and wherever they may be, to once more branch out into the world and use the lessons of one’s TFA experience to…

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Jun 06 2011

Survival of the Cowardly

10 days.  That’s it.  That’s all I’ve got left.  Ten days are the only things standing between me and freedom.  Between me and summer, and relief, and new beginnings.  I have been holding my breath for months now, waiting for these ten days to be gone.  Waiting to say goodbye to my school forever, put…

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Jun 03 2011

Last Day at Haynes

From the card my kids gave me on the my last day: You are awesome, Mr. G! Thank you 4 being here. Sad to see you go but hope to see you again! PS You will be missed. I will miss you pleas [sic] come and visit us. We’ll miss you! Come back soon! Thanks…

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