LIFE

A Special Flash Essay

I’m honored this piece was included in Gargoyle Magazine #71; a publication with forty-four years of heart, soul, and talent.  The Rose Ann, a first grader, came bouncing into my classroom in her pink Hello Kitty sneakers. “Happy Valentine!” she exclaimed with a slight trace of a Korean accent. She handed me a fake red […]

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Discomfort

This was written as part of a 48 hour competition for YeahWriteMe.  Discomfort at the Feria I lifted my arm, and Jen gasped. She was my best friend from childhood, my partner in most things, and my roommate in Spain. “I’m sure it’s not that bad” she assured me when I first confessed my new […]

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Saying Goodbye to DC

Inclusion Comes Home Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward to finding a new home for my writing. “Come give me a hug!” Zaveah commands when Justin enters the classroom. She has, at only four […]

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Get Involved

I’m dedicating this VEA piece to the parents of  the Lower NW DC Education Collective – for their efforts to improve the quality of education in public school, and speaking up for those who haven’t found their advocacy voice yet. What Luke Didn’t Tell Me Luke greeted me almost daily, wherever and whenever he spotted […]

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Moonwalking with Peter

Originally published in the Virginia Journal of Education, 2012  Peter got up in the middle of Writing Workshop to show us his Michael Jackson impression—complete with the crotch-grabbing. All in all, it wasn’t that bad. You could tell he practiced it a lot. But it was highly inappropriate in our seventh grade literature class and, […]

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Serve and Protect?

Here’s an excerpt from my latest column for the Virginia Journal of Education. Serve and Protect? Just before the dismissal bell rang, there was an announcement. “All resource teachers and specialists please report to the lobby. Immediately.” We went dutifully: the reading resource teachers, the ESOL teachers, the art, music, and gym teachers who had […]

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The Truth

My column from the April issue of the Virginia Journal of Education- To Tell The Truth Is a little fibbing really that bad?     

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Spring Cleaning

April, 2013 Every season, I switch my closet out. In the spring, I put my winter sweaters in a big blue bin, and it goes into the storage space until the weather turns cold again. I try to purge, and create piles. Donate, consign, trash – just like those clear the clutter books recommend. I’ve […]

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Silent

In the November issue of the Virginia Journal of Education – my story about Joonbum, the student who never spoke. Read it here.    

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Narratives from the Classroom

My latest piece for the Virginia Journal of Education is out. It’s a small dent in a larger conversation. You can read it here: Demographics Change; So Must We

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