The Shoulders of a Teacher

In the beginning it was our dreams and aspirations we carried on our shoulders. We also threw in some hope and optimism just because we were told the road ahead may be rocky. It did not take long for us to experience our first heartbreak. Maybe it was a student who was coming from a … Continue reading The Shoulders of a Teacher

Trust: Why I tell my students I love them every day

I begin the year as every teacher does:  In front of new students who do not know me and are cautious about the idea of ever getting to know me.  Even before the dust of our first acquaintance has settled, I make sure to call each of them by name and say the most important … Continue reading Trust: Why I tell my students I love them every day

First Day of School

I just wrapped up my first week of my 18th year of teaching.  It is kind of crazy because I keep waiting for my “burn out”, but here I am.  I can admit that I am in a state of dread for the days leading up to that first day, but it never fails...Once the … Continue reading First Day of School

Lessons from People with Abilities

I have been working with and for people with disabilities for decades. I have concluded that almost everything of value that I have learned in my life is credited to individuals with disabilities.  I can say without hesitation, I would be an incomplete person had I not chosen to devote my life to special education.  … Continue reading Lessons from People with Abilities

The F Word

A colleague of mine was wiping out an old work computer and found a video clip from years ago.   In the video, students were participating in interviews unaware that their favorite teachers were dancing in the background like fools.  As I watched this clip I was filled with a warm, familiar feeling that resonated … Continue reading The F Word

Parent Overload

Caution: You will not receive any apps, websites, virtual tours, or downloadable worksheets in the contents of this message.  Enough is enough already.  Parents have been inundated with websites, apps, worksheets, pictures of perfect schedules, and a variety of Pinterest mommy-perfect resources.  They have been given a boatload of options, yet are told to keep … Continue reading Parent Overload

I’m a Teacher not a “Homeschooler”

Confessions from a teacher who was never meant to homeschool her children… When schools across America shut down, non-educators were able to get a front row seat to the challenges involved with teaching kids.  As a special educator who has taught kindergarten through 8th grade, I thought I would easily slip into my role as … Continue reading I’m a Teacher not a “Homeschooler”

To whom it may concern,

A week ago I was consumed with worry.  I was worried about students getting their work completed on time.  I was worried about teachers not having what they need to do their best.  I was worried about numbers and spreadsheets. I was caught up with the illusive nature of time and how there was never … Continue reading To whom it may concern,

This is not what I signed up for…

Distraction: The Detriment to our Tomorrow Twenty years ago when I entered college as an aspiring educator, I had a host of things I knew to be true about the profession of teaching.  I expected to work hard, which would require a grueling work ethic that summer would not absolve. I knew I would have … Continue reading This is not what I signed up for…

Fear

Heart pounding.  Hands sweating. Mind racing.  For many of us, this is what we conjure up when we think of fear.  A freight train of emotion that warrants an immediate and obvious response.  However, the toxic residue that lies behind fear is not always the crushing presence of adrenaline.  In fact, most often it is … Continue reading Fear