Teaching is hard.  It is a challenging enterprise.  Don’t take this as whining, mind you.  Teaching should be hard.  It should push, challenge, stretch – force the teacher to continually be the learner through each day, month, and year as the career continues.  Teaching isn’t the same day after day. Continue Reading

I love writing reflections on this blog – having been doing it for the better part of six years it allows me to look at the time from the start of this madcap journey in January of 2014 to now through my various writings and musings I’ve put to keyboardContinue Reading

What a year. What an experience. I started this job in the opening days of August 2018 as a new teacher fresh out of college at the age of 36. I attended my first employee orientation as a teacher. There were many firsts this year. First fight. First student IContinue Reading

It’s December. Two weeks to go until winter break. As a new teacher, you need to be ready for this moment. Because in this moment, you’re going to want to quit, run away, and never return. It’s that moment of fight or flight and we’re desperate for a flight outtaContinue Reading

There’s plenty of markers I’ve made a note of in my head as my first year of teaching has hurtled along at several times the speed of light.  My first day is on the list.  My first week is another.  My first two weeks was labeled and celebrated.  That firstContinue Reading

Am I ready? It’s the question I’ve been asking as the countdown to that ephemeral first day of classes ticks closer and closer. It’s a terrible question, actually. Not because I shouldn’t be preparing and planning – that’s part of the job. But the crux of the question is suggestingContinue Reading

I have loved riding bikes since I was a little kid in Aloha, OR shredding the dust in my one gear BMX bike.  I remember the Christmas when I got a silver Schwinn with like 5 gears and I was apocalyptic.  It was my favorite thing.  I don’t remember muchContinue Reading

2017.  What a year.  I’ve been wrestling with how to write this post because this is my last post as a college student.  I’ve been writing about my experiences since January 2014 and every new semester has been a challenge and a benefit.  As I was counting down to theContinue Reading

What a journey it has been. Since January of 2014 I’ve been on a path of rebirth, renew, and rebuilding.  It hasn’t been without pain – those moments where I found the need to change required some hard decisions.  It hasn’t been without heartache – having to lose the socialContinue Reading