During my first year teaching, I thought that October was rough because I was still going through the growing pains of being a brand new teacher. But then my mom told me that October is always the roughest month for my dad, a newly-retired teacher of 30 years. That first year, I didn't fully understand [...]

Virtual Teacher Interview: high school computer science, Maryland

When I first got to college, I'll admit I was nervous, just like most students are! I was 3,000 miles away from home and I didn't know a single person who went there or had gone there before. My closest relative was a 5-hour drive away. Mom and Dad helped me unpack and set up [...]

Virtual Teacher Interview: high school ELA, the Bronx

I've been SO curious to hear how other teacher's experiences were with these first few months of distance learning. My former coworker, David DeWitt from the Bronx (once a Bronx Compass teacher, always a Bronx Compass teacher!), gladly shared his experiences teaching high school ELA at the DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. (I love that Mr. DeWitt works at DeWitt Clinton!!)

How Distance Learning Will Impact Teach for America’s Summer Trainings

With quarantine halting all travel and vacation plans for this summer, I've gone through a highly accelerated period of decompression and am already onto brainstorming for the next school year. My brainstorm usually starts with reflecting on the past year, which inevitably makes me think about my first year of teaching, which got me thinking about my Teach for America training during the summer before that first year.

COVID-19: What Other Schools Are Doing

Being a teacher is in my blood: most of my grandparents were teachers, some of my extended family taught, and my dad is currently finishing up his 30th year of teaching. My dad teaches middle school social studies in a public school in upstate New York. He's seen a thing or two in his day, [...]