I was presented with the 2018 Texas Humanities Teacher of the Year Award. The award is given by the Texas Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and they recognize 15 outstanding teachers in the state. I found out I had won the award my last day of school in May and because I knew I was leaving teaching to return to graduate school, I wasn’t sure if I was still going to get the award.Read More
One of the books I received this year for Christmas, is called the Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger. It is a fascinating read, and although I haven’t finished it yet, it is already making me question my assumptions. For example, I am someone that traditionally has relied on my gut to make quick decisions (sometimes life changing decisions). Berger relates that there is a growing body of research that states that trusting our gut is not the best decision due to our inherent biases, decision-making pitfalls, and our sometimes irrational risk aversion. Berger’s recommendation is to use self-questioning as a way to make more balanced decisions.
The real purpose of this post is to discuss the lows and highs of the recruiting process. This process is designed to place us in summer internships. One of the reasons I chose this program is because they have 100% placement rate for internships and job placement after graduation. If I was going to leave a secure and successful career, I needed a direct path to employment.Read More
For the past twelve years, I was the teacher returning to school, anxious to meet my new students and ready to engage and challenge them. Its been bittersweet watching all the photos this year because it has made me miss my students and school.
I've known since the end of January that I wasn't going to be returning to the classroom this fall and you might think that after 8 months I would have come to terms with that decision, but change is hard and even though I embrace change, I am struggling with this one.Read More
When I became a teacher, I thought I would teach for only one year. One year became twelve. At the end of this school year, I will officially close out my tenure as a professional educator. This fall, I will be enrolled full-time at Texas A&M University in College Station, working on my Master's Degree in Human Resource Management. The program is three semesters, and I'm slated to graduate in December 2019.Read More
As a seasoned traveler, it is easy to become complacent and think you "know it all." My trip to Oman was the fifth time I'd traveled to the Middle East, and I was confident that Oman would feel like the other countries I'd visited.
I've never experienced love at first sight, but I think I understand the concept better because, after one day in Oman, I was in love. The country is a beautiful juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.Read More