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Blessed Be the Teachers

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”–George Eliot They’ve styled their recent haircuts, donned their pretty new shirts and shoes, crammed their backpacks with all the essentials, and waited patiently while their teary-eyed mamas have … Continue reading

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Leaping Out of the Comfort Zone

I am a creature of habit.  Sometimes I fantasize about leading an exciting life as a crazy, spontaneous, thrill-seeking adventurer … hopping on a plane with just my carry-on and my laptop, headed off for the museums, side streets and sidewalk … Continue reading

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From My Side of the Desk

On August 20, 1982, I began my teaching career in a small, rural school district in southern Missouri.  I was 22 years old.  Shorter than almost all of my students and only four years older than some of them, I … Continue reading

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There’s Just Something About a Snow Day

Few events in the career of a teacher match the unbridled joy, the pure magic, the absolute perfection of a snow day. Sure, we love those “Aha!” moments when we witness the lightbulbs coming on in our students’ eyes, and … Continue reading

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Weeble Woman Bares All

It was the fall of 1987, and I was many months pregnant with my second child.  I hadn’t gained that much weight, but since I’m only five feet tall, it didn’t take much weight for me to appear almost as … Continue reading

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