The Struggle Is Real: Teacher Physical Wellness

Thanks to Facebook, everyday I am reminded of past posts. Being the beginning of the school year, most of my old posts are pictures. Wow, was that me as a freshman in college? Pictures of me disappear shortly after my teaching career began. Maybe it’s due to time or the lack of anything Facebook worthy. [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unnecessary Tasks of the Teacher

The law is changing for the college administrator; under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the institution must provide overtime compensation for some administrators (based on annual salary). Since my salary is below the benchmark, I will be compensated for any work over 40 hours a week. During a staff meeting, my director asked us [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Race and Racisim in the Classroom: 3 Ways to Start a Difficult Conversation

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, writing and talking about how to discuss race and racism in a classroom setting. As an elementary school teacher, one of the first challenges I have to overcome is convincing people that we should even try to do this. Understandably, a lot of people worry about “exposing” [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|10 Ways to Fix Education, Uncategorized|2 Comments

A Teacher Requests Her Students Not To Be Tested

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children in many different capacities for 25 years.  It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents have trusted my professionalism, training, care, creativity, and judgment when it comes to their children. My experiences include both regular/general education, and [...]

Who Will Care for the Teachers?

When I sat down to write this piece, my purpose was to scribe a thinly veiled, autobiographical accounting of my own experience of surviving the middle school classroom while I struggled with depression. However, wanting to avoid the cathartic-memoir trope, I planned to include information on the prevalence of depressive disorders among classroom teachers .I [...]