Closing a Chapter

Sitting down in an attempt to write this post feels like reading the last page of a great book. You know, the feeling when the left side of the book starts to weigh heavy in your hands as the pages struggle to stay open. You must decide to either bend the spine or hold tightly … More Closing a Chapter

Wedding Season

As the season shifts from spring to summer another season starts to make a mark all over our calendars, wedding season. For a lot of us the save the date cards, invitations, and RSVP cards fill your refrigerator and mailbox. The beautiful photographs and carefully curated color schemes on each of the cards represent another … More Wedding Season

Passing the Crown

Last Thursday I passed my metaphorical crown to the new Teacher of the Year for Tulsa Public Schools, Shaniqua Ray. Ms. Ray will no doubt serve as an ambassador for Tulsa Public Schools with passion, poise, and humility. As I sat in the crowd while the five incredible finalist took the stage, I could not … More Passing the Crown

We Did Not Forget

Sometimes it takes me a long time to process. So I sit here tonight looking back over the last four weeks of a walkout and returning to the classroom, again. Reflecting on the transpired events still confounds me at times. Going back into the classroom conjured a bittersweet mix of emotions. Seeing my students and colleagues … More We Did Not Forget

My Thoughts on the Last 12 Days

Anticipation. Excitement. Unknown. Solidarity. Grace. Kindness. Pathways to change. Heard.  Empowerment. Empathy. Tired. Kindness. Laughter. Pride. Joy. Truly historical. Upset. Livid. Confused. Grieving. Deflated. Disheartened. Embarrassed. Irritated. Frustrated. Powerless. Exhausted. Wearied. Weepy. Angry. And yet, there is hope. All of these emotions and experiences swirled around in me over the last twelve days. And yesterday … More My Thoughts on the Last 12 Days