June 26-28, 2019

I just got home from speaking at the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers – https://ccsso.org/) conference in Orlando. I was approached a few months ago to speak to a group of social studies members, as well as a group of English/language arts members. I arrived in Orlando around dinner time on 6/26. I … Continue reading June 26-28, 2019

June 5, 2019

I have now officially ended my 17th year of teaching. I’m not sure where time has gone, or how all of those years have flown by so quickly. I began teaching straight out of college. I graduated in May 2002, had a job by July and began teaching in August. I was at Lyons Creek … Continue reading June 5, 2019

June 2, 2019

My daughter gave me this illustration tonight. It’s things like this that make the long hours, days away and hard work worth it. There are times that I really feel like a shitty mom, even though I know I’m not. I’m humbled that she’s proud of me. I have always been pulled in 1,000 different … Continue reading June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019

Today was graduation day for the MSD Class of 2019! I have been at MSD for five years, and have attended every one of those graduations. I love going to graduation. There is so much hope, so much promise in the crowd. No matter what their plans after high school, they have all accomplished something. … Continue reading June 2, 2019

May 27-29, 2019

I got home this morning from a quick trip to NYC. I was invited by my friend and newspaper adviser, Melissa, to attend the Pulitzer Prizes Award ceremony, which is held at Columbia University. I never thought I’d attend a Pulitzer event. Even though I’m a writer and journalist, I’m also a teacher and don’t … Continue reading May 27-29, 2019

May 20, 2019

Today was a difficult day. It was an easy day at school, and everything was fine. The difficulty came with realization and vocalization that I’ve really been struggling lately. I got a text from my mom that my dad was upset that we didn’t give him a card for his birthday. His birthday is the … Continue reading May 20, 2019

May 19, 2019

The Temple of Time was burned tonight. It was constructed over two weeks in January/February. I went to see it on February 14. The art installation was always intended to be burned; it was made possible by artist David Best through a grant from the Bloomberg Foundation. We got to City Hall around 6p. I … Continue reading May 19, 2019

May 18, 2019

Santa Fe. It has been called the “forgotten school shooting.” It came just three months after ours, and fell in the shadows of it. The families and community hurt and continue to heal. They deserve justice and to have their loved ones remembered and fought for. The residents of Santa Fe, Texas, wanted the media … Continue reading May 18, 2019