Latest posts from Memphis

Jun 02 2013

The Critical Mass…

I was lucky enough to teach at a school with other corps members, who quickly became my support system and some of my closest friends in Memphis besides my roommates. My first year, there were 8 of us; my second year, 5. But while clustering was a massive individual benefit, I questioned – and still…

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May 27 2013

The Suitemate…

For those of you starting institute for the first time, the fourth time, and/or the last time, here’s a fond institute memory for you: Four years ago, I moved into a large suite at St. John’s University in Queens for my first institute experience as an operations coordinator. I was still in college, debating whether…

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May 17 2013

One Fine Morning—

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—” On January 7th, I received an e-mail from Teach for America informing me that…

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May 16 2013

The Road Home…

Tomorrow, this time, I will be on my way to Memphis. I will be completely done with my first year of law school and completely free for five beautiful summer days in a city that still, inexplicably yet somehow predictably, has my heart. I think it might have something to do with the idea behind…

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Apr 23 2013

The Sucker Punch…

After I was no longer their teacher, I became friends with many of my students on facebook. Sometimes I’m dismayed by the things they post (and hope they have privacy settings or something), though I’m pretty quiet unless there’s a status or a photo that I particularly like. I wish them happy birthday, send them…

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Mar 12 2013

The Second Visit…

After over half a year in Philadelphia, I returned to Memphis over my spring break last week, and it was such a thrill. It was the first time – since moving away – that I could call myself a visitor to Memphis. I was only in the city for one full day, and much of…

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Mar 12 2013

The Evaluation Questions…

My former life and current life overlapped a few weekends ago at the LEARN Conference. The first breakout panel I attended, on teacher evaluation systems, resonated with me, especially having been affected by the new Teacher Effectiveness Initiative in my time in Memphis. A panelist brought up the need to study the evaluation systems and…

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Feb 24 2013

Contemporary Civil Rights

I just finished watching Schindler’s List, and found it timely since in the past few weeks I have finally posted my pictures from my time abroad this past summer. I visited Berlin, Germany and Poland with my parents, and set foot onto the tumultuous ground of the Berlin Wall and Auschwitz. Today, while recognizing my…

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Dec 20 2012

Why now?

As of today at 2:30 p.m., I have officially made it to Christmas Break. I don’t want to use the word “survived,” but to be honest, after basically babysitting 120 7th/8th graders during an all day Christmas party (read: behavior management nightmare), that is how I feel. I’m starting this now because almost everyday my…

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Nov 12 2012

The Anniversary…

Three years ago yesterday, I was accepted to Teach For America in Memphis. I’ll never forget the euphoric relief I felt when I finally checked my e-mail that evening. I’d had the back-up plan of law school, but let’s be honest, who wants to use a back-up plan? I remember where I was (the empty…

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