My Year in Vignettes

Today I began to really dig into my personal statement for grad school. I’m trying to look for an angle, develop a story and detail my experiences so that someone (Columbia University I’m talking to you) wants to accept me into their MA TESOL program. It’s a seriously daunting task, but it has forced me to […]

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Halloween Miracle

Wait, maybe I’ve got the wrong holiday… Well, it’s been a week since my last posting about some of my in-class frustrations and I am happy to report that I have made some great strides forward. Thank you to my teacherfriends who responded and offered suggestions, encouragement and their time. I continue to take your […]

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Co-teaching Woes

I’m finally admitting it to myself, I am frustrated with 90% of my teaching situation because I am not in charge, nor is it really my classroom—ever. And while this makes me sound like I’m not a team player, I would like to argue the opposite side of the board and say that maybe I’m […]

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Perspective

The last time I wrote I was on the cusp of my first teaching job as a TEFL teacher in France. I was scared out of my mind because I had 16 days of unemployment, because I was in a foreign country with minimal cash and nowhere to live, because I was new to the […]

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The Rundown

“Um is an interjection.”— favorite saying of 8th grade English teacher, Mr. Pringle. Mr. Pringle— only teacher of hometown school system to have taught all 6 of my siblings, as well as myself. Myself— a pile of varied interests. Interests— (currently) getting certified to teach English as a foreign language while living in a foreign […]

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