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Not much to say here. Mississippi once again makes a fool of itself. After President Obama was reelected, a group of students at Mississippi’s largest university, “Ole Miss” decided to protest on campus employing the use of numerous racial slurs best left in the 60s. It’s worth noting that the University of Mississippi has an…

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This summer, I was happy to blog about my experience at the MS Department of Education to share my source of hope for the state as I packed up to move back to Massachusetts. Since then, I haven’t really heard much good news: there’s been firings, and scandals, tornados, etc. Fortunately, my friends and former…

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Sep 23 2012

American Dream O.N.

Last week, I attended the second Opportunity Nation Summit in our nation’s capital, where many prominent movers and shakers gathered to reassess the challenges plaguing the legacy of social mobility evoked by the “American Dream.” We recognize that the challenges are immense, but I left the conference with a renewed sense of purpose and the…

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Two Weeks! Too Weak!! Wow, I haven’t blogged in two weeks!! Crazy! One of the reasons for this is that I’ve been enjoying my new job, which at some point I’ll blog more about. The other reason for my infrequent blogging is that there’s far too much going on in the country, not just in…

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It’s been a challenge finding time to blog as I make the transition from Mississippi to Massachusetts and attempt to settle in. I will catch up on my travels and new experiences soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a post I wrote for the ServiceNation blog exactly one year ago. This post…

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Jun 14 2012

SIGns of Change in the Mississippi Delta

I’ve had the opportunity to work at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) for the past two weeks as part of LEE’s Summer Fellowship program. I sought out this summer position for a few reasons. I’ve always been a big picture thinker, and I was very interested in learning about the entire leadership structure affecting…

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May 07 2012

The Wrong Race

It makes me so sick. To think no matter how quick. This race, we won’t win.   In my rest and relaxation following one of the last Monday’s of the school year, I sought to read some uplifting local news. I saw on Twitter a link to a track meet in Mississippi. As a former…

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Dec 31 2011

Resolving to Reconnect

I’m not the New Year’s resolution type, but in 2012, I want to revisit one of the reasons I started blogging on Teach For Us, which was to stay in touch with family, friends, and mentors from my life. Blogging has been very cathartic for me, as it relieves the pressure of having dozens of…

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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 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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Sep 11 2011

Still Standing (Why I Didn’t Quit, Pt. 1)

For first years who are struggling and on the verge of leaving their position as I was this time last year, find someone with whom you can relate to and share your hopes and dreams…the sooner you stop asking: “why me? What did I do to deserve this?” and, instead, start asking: “why them? What did my students do to deserve this?” the sooner you’ll regain the pragmatic, if not optimistic mindset you need to affect real change in your community.

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