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Jul 01 2012

Year 2, Part 2, moving on.

Hey, so, remember this post? The title of which was, ‘Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And you’ll be fine.”? How true it is! As I sat down tonight trying to consider what to write – what would aptly sum up my first year as a TFA corps member and my mindset going…

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May 01 2012

When hope is all you have… and it ain’t enough.

There were more violent incidences at my school today. 16 students were arrested. 15 for one incident, 1 for an unrelated incident shortly before. I’ve been reading the news stories and hearing outsiders analyze our school’s problems, sitting as they come up with nothing but euphemisms and platitudes. Even as an insider, it’s hard to…

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Dec 08 2011

The best of realizations.

Today, after yet another trying day at my school, I reached the (near) end and felt just as I usually feel at the end of a particularly long slog trying to get third graders to act like real, live, mini-people. My back hurt, my feet hurt, I was moving into unconsciously-rolling-my-eyes-at-everyone-for-everything territory rather swiftly, and…

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Nov 13 2011


This weekend was a (much needed) three day weekend, although by the time Sunday rolls around, the feeling is still the same: Do I have to go back to work? Really? I can’t say if it’s getting harder or easier. Honestly, it feels stagnant in a part of life that’s just enough this side of…

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Aug 10 2011

The First Day… Come and Gone.

Today was the first day of school. It was definitely chaotic, as the last few weeks have been, but it was so good to have my students in front of me and finally be able to articulate to them what we are going to do as a class this year. It was by no means…

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Jul 05 2011

Teaching towards Redemption

*Take me to that old familiar place Take me to memories we won’t erase Take me to all that we had Good and the bad I’ll never forget you I’ll never let you go I’ll never forget you I’ll always remember, I hope you know Dear Winners, You were the students I was lucky enough…

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Jun 11 2011

Breathing room.

This week was… kind of a nightmare. It was the boot camp week, the first week of Institute where TFA has to make sure you know what’s running the show and that you can adapt as necessary. It was a bit rough, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the overload…

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Jun 02 2011


I found out last night, shortly after publishing the last entry, that I was hired as an elementary teacher at a school that I’m really excited about. I don’t know very many details just yet, but it’s very exciting to have been placed and hired in my preferred content area. I’m going to keep any…

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Jun 02 2011

Round and round.

It has been such a busy time since I last posted. I got to New Orleans in a stressful haze. I was behind the time I said I’d be there – which at first was addressed as if it were high treason, until they realized it was logistically outside of my control and came back…

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Apr 25 2011

Trying to find a balance.

Since getting into TFA, my life has become anything but simple and easy. I barely had time to submit my commitment confirmation before I was called 8 times by 6 different people about being in the program, moving to New Orleans, and the greatness of the commitment I had just made. And then there were…

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Apr 07 2011

Here we go :)

I’ll keep this first one short and sweet: I am an incoming GNO ’11 CM. I am a Texan, through  & through (Go Rangers!), originally from Dallas, currently living in Austin. I currently work as a Prevention Ed. Instructor, which basically means I try to get 8-14 year olds to make good life decisions. You…

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