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At my high school graduation, I referenced Sir Isaac Newton’s quote: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Six years later, I’ve found that one of my favorite City Year Founding Stories is the “Shoulders of Giants.” A couple weeks ago, I was inspired by Michelle…

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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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Apr 11 2012

Unlocking Potential

In the interim before my next post, which is a response to Education Radio, I thought I’d share more uplifting news via TIME magazine. One of my life goals is to unlock the potential of those I encounter or work with; I felt this article written by Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders and chairman…

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Dec 29 2011

Since When Can You Read?

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” –James Baldwin I have been home on break for almost a week now, and while I’ve enjoyed being away from the at times depressing Delta, I have also been reminded of why I joined Teach For…

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Aug 31 2011

It Takes A Teacher

Q: How did I go from the 50th percentile in first grade to the 99th percentile by high school graduation? A: It took a teacher. Teaching is important because it takes a teacher to see the potential in a struggling student, to push a good student to become a great student, and to show genuine interest in each student.

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