Friends and family, my sistahs from other mistahs, bros from uhhh anyway.
What's not to love about travel?
Except getting there of course. I love New York, Chicago, D.C., Savannah, and Philadelphia. I was also lucky enough to take a group of students to Italy in 2009! I'm happiest when I'm looking forward to an adventure.
The Writing Project
Writing is exhaling. When I learned to let go of my expectations, writing became a joy.
This space is too small for the impact the National Writing Project has had on me:
my classroom, my writing, my goals in life - all of it.
Graduation with two of my favorite former students, Charles Ricketts and Robert Mikell.
Teaching energizes me, exhausts me, thrills me and torments me. No day is the same and I'm still in charge of what happens in my queendom. I hear all the teachers laughing at that one.
2011 Missouri State Teachers Association
I jogged my first mile in my whole life on December 31, 2010! Then, in 2011, I completed my first two 5Ks and a one-mile race. Then it got hot and then school started... it's a struggle every single time I hit the road. Running is something I really suck at but, for some reason, continue to attempt. It makes me mad and happy at the same time. I wrote about it, of course!, and MORE online magazine published it in their Member Voices. MORE is no more sadly. But it happened.
Teaching American History Grant
Little Rock HS Click the photo to read my Teaching Tolerance blog post on the trip.
TAH is a joy and a challenge It was a joy to learn, to travel, and to make new friends. The challenge came in the fact that I was a language arts teacher among history teachers learning history. Ever feel dumb? Yep, that's me. But I learned so much. I went to New York in 2009 after a year of study on the Gilded Age. In 2011, I went on a freedom bus ride to many of the Civil Rights hotspots.
This is an insane challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. All kinds of crazy people attempt this. I gave it my first go in 2009 & wrote 30,000 words which I was darn proud of. I kept writing that YA novel and finished it with a total of 70,000 or so words. Now, to get it published...