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Nov 21 2014

On Being a Cheerleader

I’ve always dreamed big. Ever since I can remember, I have had ambitious goals. I have tried to do more and do better than what other people thought was possible. This drive, this ambition, this motivation that stems from somewhere deep inside of me has always existed. This summer, in the midst of extreme personal…

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Oct 03 2014

October: The hardest month in a teacher’s life…for a new reason.

I woke up this morning, now in my third year of teaching, and drove to school thinking, “October really isn’t that hard anymore.” I should have known better than to think that. A few hours later, my whole world was turned upside down as I found out that one of my favorite students had passed…

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Jul 25 2014

Why I Stayed

As Teach For America gains traction on college campuses and within the national media and as the education reform movement with which TFA aligns itself becomes more prevalent, an entire genre of op-eds has risen out of this surging popularity. The “Why I Quit TFA” blog post is a subject that myriad different former Corps…

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Apr 18 2014

Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Coast

It’s Good Friday, and Friday is Good. I am here at the cafe, KP waiting for me to go on a run at her apartment. About to pack up my things, to do list for tomorrow made, coffee drained. It’s beautiful outside, 70s forecast for the week. Sandals on, toes painted, hair back, sun shining.…

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Apr 11 2014

The Final Report

This will probably be my last blog for TeachForUs.  It has been three months since I left teaching and TFA.  As I wrote previously, I had a family problem that required us to re-engineer our lives to save our son.  Since moving to Oklahoma, he went off the deep end and we had to act…

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Apr 08 2014

THE DAY OF TESTING

The tests have arrived. In perfectly aligned little rows, five rows of five, they test. They test and test and test. Not one, but four reading passages: eight multiple choice, one open response. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Why the choice is made to put ALL FOUR reading tests on one day and ALL FOUR math tests…

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Mar 30 2014

Books and Break

I spent this week in a haze of spring-break-alone-in-Little-Rock-root-canal-mush. Starting with a moderately psychotic spurt of “going out” in the traditional way us 20-somethings do, trotting through our favorite haunts of Little Rock, meeting musicians and democrats and people with overlapping professional circles. I was screaming out liberty, no longer tied to anything, free from…

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Mar 30 2014

Leaning In

So, Thursday night I participated in a Diversity Call as part of an onboarding activity for TFA Oklahoma. In the days leading up to the call, I was voraciously trying to soak up as much of the pre-work related to the call as possible. Additionally, I was searching for outside information and references. I wanted…

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Mar 28 2014

Three Stories

1. I bought her a book. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, to be precise. An old favorite of mine from when I was in high school, when the world was bright and fresh and moved so, so fast and I could feel myself growing and stretching in new ways every second, every day. I…

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Mar 16 2014

Starting Spring

I’m having a hard time doing most things. Instead of facing all the work I have for ATC, or planning for the mere two weeks I have before our state test arrives, or running the nine miles I had slated for today, or anything else that I know I should and could be doing… I…

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