When I started my TFA journey three years ago, I started the precursor to this blog thinking that I’d update it (at least weekly) and document my journey as a newbie teacher. Unfortunately, I always have the best of intentions and the grandest of ideas but don’t generally follow through on them. The same thing rings true on this blog – if you look back, very little of the writing actually comes from me. Rather than create any grand and lofty ideas about when/what/how to write, I think I’ll just start writing more often – and see what comes of it.
This week I’m finishing my third year in the classroom and my first at my new school. It’s been an amazing year. I’ve been extraordinarily busy but someone less stressed out by many of the things that plagued me as a new teacher. I taught Physics and Chemistry for second and third year this year – finally not feeling like I was reinventing the wheel. For the most part I work with administrators and coworkers who supported my teaching and helped me rather than hinder me from getting things done. I finished a master’s degree in December and started teaching math as an adjunct faculty member in January.
My current (next) big project is my role as CMA at this year’s NYC Institute. This has by far been the most challenging and most rewarding job I’ve taken on (other than being in the classroom). The months of preparation for my role have required me to really dig deep, plan more purposefully than I ever have before, and in turn I am more excited than ever to work with corps members and staff this summer. It’s exciting for me to see how my role in the alumni movement in Teach for America is growing. In some ways, after you leave your two years in the corps, you’re kind of on your own, but I just can’t stay away. I’ve worked hard searching out ways to keep myself educated and stay involved in the work I started three years ago. I am already inspired and motivated by all of the work that my fellow staff members are doing and I am looking forward to all of the incredible inspiration and strategies that I know I’ll walk away with this summer!
Here’s to another great summer!