The Home Stretch

The school year is drawing to a close.  This time of year is always a bit hectic for educators.  In my role as an ELL teacher right now, that involves finishing up the state’s standardized tests, completing ILPs for each of my EL students, and, oh yeah, teaching in the days I have in between


I come from a long line of amazing women.   I still have the baby quilt handmade by my great grandmother.  In fact, it hung in my own children’s rooms when they were babies.  She was amazing.  I never knew my great grandfather, but I love hearing my mom’s stories about them.  They lived through

Why celebrate teachers?

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S. (in case you didn’t get that memo).  Why should teachers be celebrated?  They get a lot of paid holidays.  They get their summers off.  A computer could do their jobs. Shockingly, these are real statements, that real people have said…people who were taught, by teachers, at some

Teaching is…

Teaching is… A true calling Hard work Sharing knowledge Ever-evolving Valuing students Connecting with parents Collaborating with peers Working beside administrators New every day Learning The art of discovery Limitless Exhausting Exhilarating Rewarding Fun A joint effort Making a difference, every day

What do you have to celebrate today?

So, this is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US.  I have been a teacher/administrator for 17 years.  What I celebrate most today is that I have felt appreciated more often than not in my career.  I have been blessed over the years with caring cards, phone calls, and impromptu conversations with parents who encourage, thank,