Welcome! A little about me. I graduated from a college in Washington state a few years ago and went down to Austin to work for a college-access non-profit as an AmeriCorps member for two years where I taught after-school, college prep classes. I loved the job and working with the students there and felt that it sparked an interest in me to pursue a career in education. Hence, I joined Teach For America and went up to Detroit in 2010 to teach in the inner city there. After a promising start, things quickly spiraled out of control (I was switched into three different grade level classes at two different schools in my first two months – none of which were even close to grade levels/subjects I was trained/prepared for and each class I came into was more insanely unmanageable and out of control than the one before it) and I eventually resigned from the organization due to the extremity of the stress and awfulness of the situations I was put in and how they were drastically jeopardizing my mental and physical health (more details about my journey are available on the main page posts).
Now I deliver pizzas and work with a 23-year-old with special needs in Detroit while I’m looking into future options. I’m also no longer miserable, anxious and unbelievably stressed out every day, although I am still incredibly bitter and angry at Teach For America for the situations they threw me into as well as sad, disappointed and discouraged by my experience. I really wanted to teach and to become deeply involved in education and felt this was my path to do so. Apparently, I was wrong about that last part. I started this blog as I began noticing that my situation (while unique in some ways) was not at all unheard of with TFA and I felt a forum for the discussion and sharing of TFA stories would be cathartic and helpful. I’ve since expanded the scope of the blog to include my thoughts on various developments in education as I began noticing a disturbing trend that TFA is front and center in pushing for and based on my admittedly limited experience is not at all a helpful or healthy direction for education in this country to move in…I appreciate and welcome any and all thoughts! 🙂