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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…

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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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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 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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Jun 13 2010

‘Twas the night before Institute

“I’m not sure what else to say…I almost feel like this is Christmas Eve. I have butterflies in my stomach and I feel jittery, yet I feel calm, because it still doesn’t feel real.”

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Jan 01 2010

Houston, here I come!

“Thank you for committing to join Teach For America. You have been assigned to teach elementary school (grades PreK-6) in Houston.”

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