Are you #teacherstrong?

If I had a dime for every time someone said, I don’t know how you do what you do, I would no longer need my teacher salary. Some people call teachers saints. Some call teachers crazy. Some call us gluttons for punishment. I call it something else. I believe we’re #teacherstrong. #teacherstrong is being a

A Teacher’s Perspective on Wonder

Last night, my family went to see the movie Wonder. I hoped my two, young sons would watch the movie and leave with a renewed understanding of what it means to be kind, but I wasn’t prepared for the lesson it had for me. It is November. The season of darkness and paperwork. By November,

Shout Out to the School-Moms (and Dads)

Today was my son’s last day of first grade. He came home with a backpack bursting with school supplies, an uncontainable smile, and a letter from his teacher, his school-mom. I was a school-mom, long before I had children of my own.  Day after day, month after month I encouraged, nurtured and loved other peoples’

A Case of the Shoulds

I have been battling a sickness. It has zapped my patience. It has left me exhausted. It is weighing down on my already weary body. I have a case of the shoulds. I don’t know about you, but the end of this school year has hit me hard. Honestly, I am hanging on by a

#2-Don’t Expect Others To Understand

First of all, this is NOT a commentary on our loving spouses, family and friends. I’m sure all these people genuinely want to hear all about your day. The problem is, trying to explain the complex, deep-seated, soap opera-like drama that occurs every day at a school–to someone who doesn’t work in a school–is like