Picking Favorites

I have had students in high school accuse me of picking favorites. At that age, it’s understandable that they would have difficulties with the way the world works. They are still young and look at how unfair everything is–a fact they can’t seem to accept. Therefore, when they see a teacher showing perceived favoritism to someone, theyContinue reading “Picking Favorites”

My Journey into the Spotlight

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. My Resignation Letter went viral through Facebook and Twitter. Within two days of posting the letter on my blog, the Gazette contacted me for an interview; then, KKTV 11 News asked for an interview, followed by Fox News America’s Newsroom before the week was over. A number of radioContinue reading “My Journey into the Spotlight”

My Resignation Letter

Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first teaching job. For eleven years I taught in these classrooms, I walked these halls, and I befriended colleagues, students, and parents alike. ThisContinue reading “My Resignation Letter”

You can judge me if you want to

You can judge me if you want to, but before you do, know that I primarily stayed in my marriage because of my son. Ian has been through so much in his nine years: He battled a cancerous brain tumor at four-years-old with his father right by his side, giving Ian the strength and courage toContinue reading “You can judge me if you want to”

A letter to my son on his ninth birthday

Dear Ian, Happy birthday my darling boy! Your birth nine years ago brought so much joy to my life. You were an answer to prayer then as you are now. We’ve been through so much together and have come out stronger and better because of it. You have taught me so much about life and love.Continue reading “A letter to my son on his ninth birthday”

Do you know who you were created to be?

With the dramatic changes being made to education, I may not be allowed to have these random lessons or life talks with my students anymore; they don’t fit in with any core curriculum standards. They are important nonetheless. If I can’t speak to their hearts while educating their minds, I feel like I will onlyContinue reading “Do you know who you were created to be?”

If I Could Write a Letter to Me

Dear Darling 17-year-old Girl, I know you are scared; I know you feel alone; I know you are putting up this protective barrier that makes you seem hard and confident, but deep down, you are really scared. I know because I am you. It won’t always be that way. You have a long road aheadContinue reading “If I Could Write a Letter to Me”

How Do I Say Goodbye to a Faithful Friend?

Sadie Hawkins has been my loyal friend for nine years. She comforted me when I was sad. She instinctively knew when I was hurting and offered her face or her back or her paw for me to pet. She gladly absorbed my pain; she just had to look at me with her big, brown eyesContinue reading “How Do I Say Goodbye to a Faithful Friend?”