Dear White People, How can I even begin to make you understand what this weekend's events in Charlottesville made me feel? How can I describe the terror I felt, the goosebumps on my arms, whenever a new picture surfaced of angry, bitter, screaming men wielding torches and Nazi salutes? How can I explain to you … Continue reading Dear White People
In my panic in realizing that it is indeed August, and that school starts in roughly three weeks, I received a text from a colleague. It read: "Have you seen the newest job posting on the school website?" I clicked away from my most recent Pinterest search and went to our school's site for job … Continue reading Uber Vanilla is Leaving! And, I Stole a Whiteboard to Celebrate.
Last year, I was with a friend of mine at Ulta, a cosmetics mecca. She was browsing the eyebrow products, her bright green eyes scanning products that cost more than my monthly student loans. An Ulta employee approached us, and asked if she was looking for anything in particular. "I don't know," my friend said, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Hairy Arms in America
The day after school officially ended, I found myself picking out paint. For my classroom. Clutching the little cardboard paint color squares, I realized that I was being an idiot. What am I doing? I thought. It's SUMMER. More importantly, it's summer BREAK. As in, take a break from thinking about your classroom. As in, take a … Continue reading No School July
I recently turned 31. So far, it feels pretty good. There's just something about being out of the tangled, insecure, woods that were my 20's that feels refreshing. I've gone from thinking I knew it all at 21 to realizing, ten years later, that I know very close to nothing at 31. And I'm okay … Continue reading Because 31
I wish I had weeks to celebrate Father's Day, instead of one rushed day before we enter the dark chaos that is the final week of school. Weeks would barely be enough time to tell him how much I admire, respect, and adore him. My father, or as I call him, "Papo," is the most … Continue reading To My Papo
I got an email on Wednesday from Uber Vanilla. It was one sentence, and it read: "Please come see me in my office at 12:20 to talk about next year." My blood pressure reached an unhealthy level, and I struggled to stay focused during my morning class. Other teachers had been getting their teaching assignments, … Continue reading Good News! For Me! Por Fin!
So, we all know that my time at this school has been rough. And with every passing day, it seems that there is a little wedge of news getting between me and my feelings that next year will be any better. Today's news, for example, was that we will be adopting a high school type … Continue reading Good Things, in the Form of Takis
There are moments where I feel like the universe hears me complaining that nothing exciting has happened for a while. The universe then rolls up its sleeves, puffs out its chest, and says, "Well, here you go!" Most of our Thursdays start with a staff meeting. Usually, they are intensely boring. Today's started out as per usual. … Continue reading Tell Me Somethin’ Good
Well. I made a decision. I'll be staying at my current school. This drop of mocha isn't going anywhere. And you know what? I'm okay with it. At least, I am now. The hour or so after I got a call telling me that the best they could offer me was .5 ELD at this … Continue reading Time to Upgrade that Armor