July 11, 2020

It’s so interesting how two people can see the same situation completely differently. I reached out to two former students recently. They both basically said the same thing: they’ve chosen to distance themselves from me. They have negative feelings about me from their time with me in high school (none of which was ever shared … Continue reading July 11, 2020

June 23, 2020

The episode I recorded for Teachers in America was released today. It was recorded in late January – long before we realized what COVID-19 would bring. I’m very open and honest. I talk about being a teacher, being a mom, living through a school shooting, mental health, advising a publication, as well as writing/editing “Parkland … Continue reading June 23, 2020

June 1, 2020

I am very angry. I am angry for America. Today marks a week since the murder of George Floyd. The autopsy came out today showing that he didn’t have any pre-existing conditions, and that he died from asphyxiation, as a direct result of the officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes. … Continue reading June 1, 2020

May 4-10, 2020

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. A week where I give gifts to my kids’ teachers. I usually get some gifts, but high schoolers don’t participate as much as younger kids. I always appreciate what I receive, and am happy that my students think enough of me to get me something. This year was very … Continue reading May 4-10, 2020

May 10, 2020

This was a lovely, yet strange Mother’s Day. It’s the first one that I wasn’t able to spend with my mom. I received a pink gold-coated rose from my husband and children. I get one in a different color for Mother’s Day every year. I also had a Snickers donut for (a late) breakfast, which … Continue reading May 10, 2020

May 9, 2020

Today I am forty & fabulous. I never expected to be celebrating during a pandemic, but such is life. I was supposed to have an 80s themed rollerskating party today and go to prom tonight. I had a deal with the senior class adviser that the whole class would sing happy birthday to me right … Continue reading May 9, 2020

April 3, 2020

I sent the following email to the faculty/staff at school today. ***** I hope that you’re all doing well, staying safe & healthy during this craziness. I wanted to let you know that yearbooks are still on sale.  The theme for this year is “We’ve Got This,” which we selected in July 2019. Just like … Continue reading April 3, 2020

March 24, 2020

I have been “working from home” since Monday, March 16. We’ve been told that school will resume on April 15. The reality of that is still uncertain. I will begin online instruction on March 30. When we left school, for what might be the last time of the year, on March 13, we were less … Continue reading March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

I’ve been trying to think about what to write about COVID-19. I have felt very overwhelmed and also very uninspired. I know that this is a nationwide problem, and any complaining I do is just silly. I have my health, I have my job, I have a house and food/supplies. My husband has a job … Continue reading March 23, 2020