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Jun 08 2011

ENC Induction

ENC Induction begins today and I always get excited thinking about it….all of that fresh meat enthusiasm and energy for the cause. This is just a quick post to say “Hi” (“HIIIIIIII!!!” *waving arms madly*) to all of the 2011 ENC Corps Members. Have fun, learn lots, and remember that the kids — your kids…

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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 05 2011

Atlanta Induction, Days 3 and 4

The final days of the Atlanta Induction were just as full and informative as the first two.  On Day 3, corps members divided up according to the districts in which they would be teaching and loaded buses for bus tours of their respective districts.  The bus tours were guided by representatives of the school district…

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Jun 03 2011

Why am I in Memphis?

For those not familiar with Teach for America (TFA), at one point or another everyone involved shares their “why I teach for America” story. As this is often a jumping off point I figured it fitting to make my first post about my why story. It is rather lengthy because over the past week I…

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Jun 03 2011

We’ll Call You….

After a very beautiful long night we were told this morning that we would be having an impromptu hiring fair for a plethora of subjects. Jeans and Tees picked out for the hiring fair were replaced with slacks and business dresses. I feel in love with my TFA family just a little more because as…

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Jun 02 2011

Atlanta Induction, Days 1 and 2

Atlanta’s Induction started on May 31, and what a wild ride it has been! I checked into Induction, held at Atlanta’s Georgia Tech, around lunchtime.  The check-in process was a breeze, largely because of the voluminous information Teach for America circulated months in advance to facilitate the process.  We received schedules, books, parking passes, wireless…

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Jun 02 2011

Charged

I am an amalgamation of emotion after today. Touring the Civil Rights Museum tapped polar opposites within me- joy at the gains achieved when people started to collectively advocate, when they refused to be silent, and utter rage at how quiet it has been ever since. Geoffrey Canada said it best in a clip I…

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May 25 2011

Getting Ready for the Summer

Although things have been pretty quiet here on the blog, I have been steadily preparing for a summer of training.  Induction starts on Tuesday, and the adventure officially begins! I have spent the last few months reading fairly voluminous pre-Institute materials, watching video clips of teachers in action, and listening to podcasts of teachers telling…

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May 22 2011

Answers (Or, how it feels to quit TFA)

My life in recent months has been rife with difficult questions.  What will I do after I quit TFA?  How will I pay rent while paying back my TFA loans and searching for a new job?  Will I stay in DC?  Will I feel guilty when all is said and done? One by one, I…

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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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