Clumps of Dirt

This week I start another year in the classroom at a new school. As I reflect back and look forward I keep landing on this story I wrote my first year of teaching. I’ve shared it before, but August is always a great time to remember why I choose to do what I do. In … More Clumps of Dirt

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

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

Here’s to Day 8

I sit here and type this exhausted. No other word explains how I feel. There’s apparently teacher tired which generally appears around August, parent teacher conferences, December, and May. But “Teacher Advocate in a Walkout Tired” is a new level for me personally. Since April 2nd I and educators all across our state have shown … More Here’s to Day 8