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Jan 01 2012

Reflections and Resolutions

December 31, 2011 On the last day of the year, as I soak up my last bit of home before heading back to Arkansas tomorrow and back to my kiddos and Aula 6A on Monday, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for and that I have learned so very much in…

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Nov 14 2011

The One Where I Ask for Donations

Teaching is exhausting.  I should be sleeping now, but I am am asking (read: begging) for help instead. This March, during our school’s Spring Break, I am taking 12 of my Spanish II and III students to Honduras for a service trip.  We will be working at a school and orphanage for abused, neglected and…

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Oct 29 2011



My kiddos always ask me about the tattoo on my right ankle. It looks like this: My best friend and I were both born in early June, eight days apart, and, while in Spain a few years ago, we got matching Gemini tattoos.  According to Tarot.com (legit, I know), the “Gemini world is one of duality.”…

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Me: “Chicos, how do you expect to become bilingual and biliterate if you aren’t immersed in the language?” Spanish III girl: “Profe, we aren’t even literate.” Me (to Spanish I boy who never shuts up): “I do not care what you have to say. Right now, we are working, not chatting. Cállate.” Boy: “Fine. See…

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I just created my first DonorsChoose.org project.  I need some books for my kiddos so they can continue to grow their love for reading as they learn about Latino culture.  The achievement gap is as much an exposure gap as it is a literacy gap, so I want to tackle both with some amazing literature!…

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Sep 13 2011

Things that make you go ‘Hmmm…’

Here is a conversation that transpired in my Spanish III class today: Student: “Profe, you’re TFA right?” Me: “Sí.” Student: “So you’re leaving us after two years, right?” Me: “Nope.  I’ll be here as long as they let me keep teaching Spanish.” Student: “Yay!” Sadly, I wish I could say that this was an isolated…

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Sep 12 2011

There I went thinking again…

Tomorrow begins Week 4 already?!¿¡!?  Holy cow!  So much has happened, and things are so much different than I imagined.  I had so many ideas of what this experience would be like, but most of them were completely wrong.  There I went thinking again.  I thought I would cling to TFA and my fellow CMs.…

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Jul 31 2011

Stir Craaazy

So much (and yet so little!) has happened in the past few weeks.  I am currently sitting in my hotel room, my casa for the next three weeks, and I am so bored and restless and excited and motivated and anxious and tired and every other emotion you can think of.  I have those moments…

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Jul 18 2011

Another “nuevo comienzo”

Institute is over.  I’m moved out of the dorm, sitting in the DSU Union waiting for the last day of Orientation to begin.  It doesn’t feel real.  I am so excited to finally be done with Institute and to be getting ready to plan for my year in my Spanish classroom with my students! The…

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Jul 11 2011

Teaching As Learning

Almost two weeks have passed since I last posted, and it is now the Sunday before the last week of Institute!  How did this happen?¡  I am so excited, nervous, overwhelmed, and a little sad (yes, I said it) that it’s almost over.  I will be teaching high school Spanish in Arkansas in a little…

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The second week of Institute was una locura, and the third week is proving itself to be just as crazy! Last Monday (eight whole days ago; how is that possible?), I met my kids and started to try to invest them in becoming better readers, writers, and critical thinkers.  We rapped to them, and they…

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Jun 21 2011

“It ain’t bad once you swallow it.”

Hooray for making it through my first day!  I am officially a high school teacher! Here are some first day moments I want to note so I never forget: 1.  I sprayed myself down with bug spray in my room this morning, not realizing I had created a puddle on the floor.  In my rush…

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Jun 19 2011

Take that, beasts.

This past week was the first week of Institute, and I knew I would be busy, but DAMN.  I get up at 4:30am, shower, get dressed, collect my materials and thoughts, and put on LOTS of bug spray.  I’m sure you’ve heard that Delta mosquitoes are bad, but you have NO idea.  I have passed…

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Jun 13 2011

Down in the Delta

Wow.  So much has happened since I last posted. On Monday, I left Tennessee and headed for Mississippi.  I met 3 other CMs on the Mississippi/Tennessee border, where we stopped on the side of the road and took pictures.  We were happy we got the pictures, and surprised our “caravan” wasn’t hit in the process!…

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My Spanish teacher in high school had the best dichos.  The title of this post is one of my favorites that she used to say.  She used to say it when we had “ah-ha!” moments or when something amazing was happening in one of our lives.  She was a great inspiration to me, and her encouragement…

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May 20 2011


The countdown continues!  A little over 17 days until Induction?  Is this even possible? Will I be packed and finished with everything in time?  Will the motivation to do the actual assigned Pre-Institute Work wash over me, or will I continue to WORLDROCK with Adrilicious and make posters and do other things that make me…

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May 16 2011


22.  It’s my age (not for long!), but, much more importantly, it’s the number of days left until I start my TFA journey.  How is that possible?  It seems like just the other day I was counting months, and now it’s down to just days!  I am picking up my life once again, and this…

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Apr 27 2011

Dis is happenin’ fo’ real!

I put in my resignation at my job yesterday.  It was sad to do, but I know that the opportunities that await are worth missing the last few weeks of school here.  My last day of work will be May 27th, and I will be packing up immediately and then heading to my parents’ house…

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Mar 15 2011

Scores are in!

After waiting for what seemed like an eternity (and receiving error messages for most of the morning), I got my score for the my Praxis II Spanish exam.  I got a 196 out of 200, and I needed to have a 168 to pass by MS and AR standards.  Not to toot my own horn,…

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Feb 12 2011

One Praxis down, one to go!

This morning I woke up, had a good breakfast, got an unprompted (but always adorable) pep talk from my mom, and headed off to take the Praxis I (PPST) Exam.  It was awfully reminiscent of my last semester of high school, where 7 AP exams took over the Saturdays I normally would have spent sleeping…

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Feb 05 2011

Goodbye dinero, hellooo classroom decorations!

I spent a number of hours last night looking at decorations (mainly posters) for Spanish classrooms. $96.05 later, I have the following coming my way: 9 posters, two workbooks (a few dollars each, I had a minimum order amount of $25 for one company to live up to, that’s my excusa), and a banner of…

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Jan 29 2011

Trying not to “comer ansias”

No comas ansias is a saying that roughly means “don’t worry.”  Yeah, right.  In a little over four months time, I will be heading to the Delta to begin my TFA adventure.  I am so ready to get there and to get started, but thinking about everything I have to do in these 4 months…

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Jan 21 2011

Let’s do this!

I received my offer from TFA on Tuesday and I accepted yesterday (Wednesday)!  I will be teaching Spanish (7-12) in the Mississippi Delta and couldn’t be more excited!  I am currently starting the necessary process of researching and planning to make preparing to uproot my life (again!) as easy and as exciting as possible.  I…

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