I can’t even get my tomatoes to line up straight…

10 Years. 10 Goals. How am I going to be ready for September 7, 2017? Every new school year gets me nervous. I always worry that the upcoming year will be the year my luck runs out. Because, seriously, I have been a lucky teacher. But what if this year I just suck? What if everyone (students, colleagues,... Continue Reading →


I live in a white world.

It has taken me 44 years to realize how limited my world view is — and how that impacts my teaching. I went to Disney World this summer and stayed at the Boardwalk Inn — I saw a sea of white faces. I went to Myrtle Beach, SC and frolicked on the beach with other... Continue Reading →

Why I must teach about the KKK and North Korea

How current events shape each school year. White nationalist rally in Virginia sparks counter protests, state of emergency The usually quiet university town of Charlottesville, Virginia, declared a state of emergency Saturday morning after a…abcnews.go.com War of Words: North Korea vs. Donald Trump President Donald Trump's recent invocation of "fire and fury" in response to... Continue Reading →

Is a pleasure to have in class

When you believe in public education, but that same system is underserving your own child. 93% average, fourth quarter I am told she is a nice kid. She does her homework. No behavior problems. She earned a 92% overall average for the 2016–2017 school year — making honor role and missing high honor roll by tenths... Continue Reading →


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