For ten years, the only thing I have experienced has been life within the classroom. The classroom was my canvas and everything else - the lessons, the words, the conversations - was the paint. I considered myself and my students, the artists. To my journal and to those who would listen, I would say, teaching is my craft. My work was never perfect, but I loved doing it.
Six days ago, I left the classroom, bid farewell to my beloved family of bears and entered my own office and said hello to a new community. Not only is this new position located a galaxy away, it is also a very different canvas. I find myself continually astounded at how different what I do now is from what I used to do.
When asked by students - what do you do? First I say, I am the College and Career Readiness Coach. Then I say, I'm here to work with the teachers and I'm here to work with you.
When asked by others - why did you leave teaching? I say immediately that it is not because I stopped wanting to teach, I just craved change and growth. The kind of change that forces you to learn new things and apply what you know in creative ways.
I imagine that one day, for whatever reason, I will find myself in the English classroom again and this website will be again, for my students. If you are an old student or colleague, please know that what I learned from you continues to drive and inspire what I do everyday.
Until then, this space will be filled with my thoughts on education, literacy resources (and my interpretation of them), and College & Career resources.