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Nov 30 2011

Sick and Tired Of Being…

Poverty has and is presently beaten down the students we seek to serve. I worry that as my coworkers and I fight against and compensate for this unjust force, it will continue to oppress our kids and wear away at the adults as well. May we find the motivation and strength from within to keep on working against our unjust system

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Nov 27 2011

Amazing Graceland: Lessons Learned

Remember where you came from! Elvis’ mansion-turned-museum was enlightening and I learned a lot about the man known as “the King.” True to form, I couldn’t help but take away a few key lessons from my visit: 1.) Make your own Mobility 2.) Do Your Thing 3.) Money Rules 4.) Family Matters 5.) Stay Down to Earth 6.) Take Care of Business

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Nov 22 2011

Where the Grass is Greener on the Other Side

I wouldn’t let my family visit me last year; I figured I’d be too tempted to go back home with them! Things are different now. For this Thanksgiving, my family came to visit me and when I get a chance I’m blogging about our travels around the Delta. The first leg of our trip was the strip of towns along Route 82. I wanted to show my mom the charm of each community but also the stark contrast of the divisions economically, racially, and educationally.“Someone’s getting a pretty penny from all those fields, but, clearly, it’s not everyone.”

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Nov 20 2011

Know Your Role, And Shut Your Mouth?

I’m at a crossroads. I’m enjoying my students but not the nitty gritty of my job. My students need positive male role models just as badly as they need highly effective teachers, but I’m burning the candle at both ends trying to do both. What would the Rock say?

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Nov 11 2011

“I Don’t Have a Science Teacher…”

I’m dismayed and more than a little upset because I saw a former student at the game who scored the highest on the 8th grade science test last year. As I congratulated her, I asked: “Who’s your biology teacher?” Her response: “oh, I don’t have one. We have a long-term substitute.”

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the achievement gap. This is why Teach For America exists…

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Nov 06 2011

Of Neutrinos and Opportunities

Thanks to the Opportunity Nation campaign, which brought together leading organizations and individuals across sectors to collaborate in the fight for a better America, I had an amazing time at the summit; from engaging with ambitious ideas to combat income inequality and networking with like-minded scholars over delicious soul food, to catching up with former colleagues from ServiceNation, and even having the opportunity to meet Wendy Kopp, the Founder and CEO of Teach For America. However, I’m left wondering what hope is there for the Mississippi Delta?

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Nov 01 2011

I’m On One [(11/1)/11]

October was challenging but I had an overall decent month that went by quickly. As November rolls in, I’m excited for what lies ahead. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO NYC!

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