NicInLA

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 01 2011

What a Year…It Ain’t Over!

It has been over 6 months since I last posted, and in those 6 months, my entire life has changed.
First, I was laid off 2 days after Christmas due to budget cuts.  I spent 4 weeks on unemployment feeling like I had hit rock bottom.  How was it that I left a well paying job to end up on unemployment a year to the day that I quit?  But, I had the opportunity to interview for several ECE teacher jobs and had to choose between two.  One – a well regarded Head Start, the other a year round up and coming preschool that happens to be the center of a Promise Neighborhood initiative…oh and they wanted me to be Site Supervisor (in the world of ECE that essentially means Principal).  After a lot of though, I am now a Site Supervisor in my first year of teaching.  There are times…

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Nov 30 2010

Is it 2nd Year Yet?

Seriously…why is first year the most difficult year in teaching?  So much has happened since I began teaching my little monsters.  First, my school cut EVERY teacher’s salary by making the school day 6 hours rather than 8.  This takes my salary to below the poverty line.  This also makes me food stamp and Section…

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Oct 26 2010

Just another day teaching

To all the people who think that teaching ECE is easy, how would you respond when: 1. Your 4 year old students decide to start playing Liquor store in the house area 2. One student’s pretend wife yells as he “leaves for the liquor store” that he can’t buy alcohol they need pampers for the…

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Jul 26 2010

7 Weeks Down…One To Go

While it seems nearly impossible, I have one week left of Institute.  Yes, you read correctly, 7 weeks of Institute and actually, it has been a really enjoyable experience.  I love my students, I am meeting some of the most amazing, accomplished individuals of my generation.  But right now, I just want to celebrate the…

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Jul 14 2010

Today was a good day

So yesterday was the start to my umptenth week of Institute (seriously, I forgot how long I have been at institute between ATL and LA). I was absolutely exhausted and questioning if I made the right decision by packing up overnight and moving across the country. Today, well today was a different. First, our bus…

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So for anyone who has seen Toy Story 3, you know Bo Peep was missing.  After watching the movie, the Fremont 11 realized that our story was entirely too close in similarities; and I realized that I have become Bo Peep.  So I didn’t pass the CSET, and my life kind of took a weird…

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May 27 2010

Atlanta Institute or Bust…???

So, great news, I got placed on Friday…cool news, I got placed at a year round school…bad news, I get to miss LA induction and institute.  Yeah, about my placement, I’ll be teaching math at Fremont High in South Central LA (Side note)… Dear God,   Seriously?! Dude, did you HAVE to bless me with…

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May 16 2010

Increasingly Nervous

So I am becoming increasingly nervous as the weeks for my CSET results narrow.  If I didn’t pass, I’ll have to defer my TFA offer for a year.  I keep reading people’s blogs and most pass, but as I stated earlier, I hadn’t taken a math class in 6 years, and I’m just nervous.  I…

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Apr 14 2010

War with the CSET

So the CSET, also know as the California Subject Examination for Teachers, is evil.  Got my results Monday, definitely didn’t pass, but I am taking the single subject math test, and I haven’t taken a math course in like 6 years, so I can’t be that mad at myself.  So, I am teaching myself how…

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Apr 11 2010

Is this really happening?

I still can’t believe this. My life is a hodgepodge of experiences.  In college I interned at the CIA, at a Talent Agency, Record Label, even as a marketing rep for a restaurant.  After college, I went off to Corporate America and was shuttled around the Midwest.  I was completely dissatisfied with my work and…

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