Leavetakings Part Three: On the Brink of the Aftermath

I may look calm, but inside, my emotions are raging like the flash rainfalls of the Miami hurricane season. Today, I had a joyous moment. One that teachers always hope to have. I got to call one of the students who is closest to me and tell him, on his birthday, that he passed his… Continue reading Leavetakings Part Three: On the Brink of the Aftermath

Leavetakings Part One: When Two Years is Enough and Not Enough All At Once

A few weeks ago at our Teach for America Alumni Induction, my peers honored me with the award for Transformational Change. I have mentioned this phrase often in my writings as being a 'catchphrase' but very real and necessary at the same time. And while I know that I have so much growth left to… Continue reading Leavetakings Part One: When Two Years is Enough and Not Enough All At Once

Roots that Hold Fast Even in Shallow Dirt

I love standing by my door during passing period and seeing my old students pass me. It's often followed by big smiles on both end, a quick hug, or a pat on the back. Some enter my room and take their seat for another year together, while others keep walking to new classrooms where they… Continue reading Roots that Hold Fast Even in Shallow Dirt