Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Mar 08 2013

53 days later…

About two months ago I set a countdown to June 6, 2013, the last day of school.
At that time, one hundred and forty-two days stood between me and freedom. On the other hand, one hundred and forty-two days stood between me and the coveted TFA “significant gains”. One hundred and forty-two days stood between putting my students on a different life track and being just like every other teacher.
I shared the countdown on Instagram and wrote that I am often discouraged by apathetic students and bogged down with planning. Although planning is one of the most important aspects of teaching it’s probably something I hate the most (besides grading). Yet, outside of teaching I consider myself to be a great planner. Furthermore, administration can’t tell that I’m not backwards and unit planning (which is not something I’m proud of). I am bored. After a while teaching simple, compound, and complex…

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Jan 03 2013

Teach beyond Two.

As a teacher, winter break has always served as a time of reflection for me. For people in general really, everyone is looking forward to the new year and reflecting on the year(s) past. I always see lots of Facebook and Twitter posts about New Year, New Me (which is actually quite annoying). This winter…

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Dec 16 2011

In support of TFA Ohio

Teach for America is coming to Ohio next year! I know, right! How could you not be excited about that?! Well some people on this blog really got on my nerves, as usual. I should be used to the negative/Anti-TFA comments by now, and people are allowed to voice their opinion about TFA, but I…

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Dec 01 2011


My first year of teaching taught me that perhaps the only constant in education is CHANGE. Get used to it. Embrace it. Make the necessary adjustments because change is inevitable. It will happen to you….and then it will happen to you again.

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Nov 24 2011

Keeping my head above water

” But when you’re a part of Teach for America you develop this strange desire to do so much more than just survive.”

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Aug 23 2010


“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” 227 Miss. Williams 6th grade Reading E.O. Smith Education Center Houston, Texas Fifth Ward

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Aug 04 2010

Welcome to the Achievement Gap

I wonder what would I do if every time I tried this one thing I failed. Would I want to give it my all and try again? Would I believe in my own ability to pass? Would I believe someone who tried to tell me that they believed in my ability to pass?

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Aug 04 2010

You ain’t seen nothing yet

It’s one thing to read about the achievement gap, but to have the achievement gap stare you in the face is an entirely different experience altogether.

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“This class is perfect to me and I like it a lot and I hope that the people in this class feel the same way and like this class as much as I. And I think you should be a wrighting teacher and teach kid’s and I think I would like to thank you for teaching me”

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Jun 21 2010

Miss, how old are you?

“Miss, how old are you?” “Are you 19?”

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