Latest posts from Colorado

Jun 01 2011

Coach, Read, Camp, Read, Read, Read

My past week has consisted of a mix of coaching, camping, and reading. I coached my first practice last week, who knew it was so hard to explain basic concepts, but apparently I am good at it (says the head coach and athletic director). Tomorrow is our second practice and the first summer league game.…

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May 22 2011

And it begins….

Last weekend  I graduated, jumped in a uhaul, and came to Colorado (ie no blog last week). I wonder when I will get use to the breathtaking views everywhere I look….. or to the fact that it froze the other night and its 100 degree s in Texas. More importantly, when will I get use…

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May 21 2011

End of Year Pride

My first year had been ending on a very negative note–crazy students, absent administration, low investment on my part and that of the students.  And yet this week, I had 15 students in my room during their lunch period re-taking their test. I was beaming with pride! My students took their end of year assessment…

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May 21 2011

Two. Years.

So here is a run-down of different stages in my TFA experience: Early May 2009: I have been wait-listed for 3 months and am ready to just accept that I will not have a position. So disappointed… Late May 2009: I received an email informing me of my placement in Denver, Colorado. I almost pee…

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May 21 2011

I’m an Alum? Seriously?

I love reading blogs of incoming Corp Members. It gives me such perspective and reminds me of how it was not so long ago that I was drinking the Kool-Aid too. I had my end of year meeting today with my Program Director. She asked me what advice I would give to incoming Corp Members.…

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May 21 2011

Saying goodbye…

Yesterday, I said goodbye to my second class of 8th graders. Last year, I couldn’t get them out the door fast enough, but the class that transitioned yesterday, well, I wish I had another year with them. They are amazing kids and I watched them bounce out the door with their smiles, fully knowing that…

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May 19 2011

In Other News

I forgot to mention the fact that I’ve had bronchitis for 6 weeks and now have a fractured and dislocated rib from coughing so much. C’est la vie? Other random thoughts quickly: I threw my first baby shower ever for Stefanie (my awesome co-teacher) I’m apprehensive about teaching multiple grade levels next year My favorite…

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May 19 2011

One Day… (Left)

In honor of the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL TOMORROW (WHAT?) here’s another diversity reflection. Not only is tomorrow my last day with my awesome students, it’s also the day my licensure binder is due for TFA.. which has been a bit stressful, but it’s DONE! In other news: MY KIDS MADE THEIR BIG GOAL (80%…

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May 09 2011

Pikes Peak or Bust

I have officially 5 days until I move to Colorado for TFA. I am so excited! It feels surreal that this process, that started way back in August of 2010, is about to start. Last week I got to meet Wendy Kopp (CEO and founder of TFA) on her book tour. The public perception of…

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May 03 2011

Paperwork…?

No doubt I was stoked when I was hired by a school district in Colorado Springs. I could literally not breathe during the few days between my interview over skype and the call I received from HR. I thought the wait period after TFA interviews was bad, but I think that the school district period…

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