Musings of a Southern Belle

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 09 2014

On learning, not teaching

As I sat in church this morning, I had a remarkable realization. I thought I came to Appalachia to teach, to educate, and to enlighten. With only three months left in my TFA commitment, I finally realized that I have gotten it backwards. Yes, in a sense, I may be teaching, educating and enlightening, but more so I have been taught, educated and enlightened by the people in my small community. Being transported from the world’s most prestigious university to a “holler”  in Appalachia took me from the height of intellectual knowledge and reason to a place that values who you’re related to over where you’ve been or what school you attended and relies on faith over science. The transition was a hard one, as I felt isolated and confused by this different way of living. It was easy to call my community “backwards” after growing up in this state…

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Dec 10 2013

On Watching My Kids SOAR!

A student's thoughts from the SOAR conference

Yesterday, I took some of my students to the SOAR conference with the movers and shakers of my region to discuss opportunities for saving our region in the face of the decline of our biggest employer and the driver of our economy. It was an amazing experience to hear from so many of the people…

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Dec 02 2013

Let Your Kids Be Your Hope

my kids are awesome

For all of you first year CMs who are having the worst month of your life right now, this post is for you. IT DOES GET BETTER. THERE IS HOPE. BELIEVE IN YOUR STUDENTS AND GIVE THEM A PLATFORM TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS. THEY WILL ASTOUND, INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOU. This time last year, I…

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Mar 07 2013

Weeds Are Flowers Too.

I quickly realized after getting my teaching placement that if I blogged about my school and community, it would be easy for people to know it was me since there are only a handful of us where I teach. On the off-chance that someone would read one of my posts and misconstrue it, or even…

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Jun 25 2012

I’ve got the Delta blues

My kids yelled at me today. My school has a cockroach infestation. There is either no air or air on full blast. It’s over 100 degrees outside and we have no air on the hour long bus ride. My kids are so far behind that I don’t see them ever catching up. I need to…

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Jun 03 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! I’m a Southern girl who was raised in a white, middle class home in the state in which I will be teaching. There are a few things you should know about me and about this blog: I have seen the achievement gap firsthand and want to do my part to close…

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Appalachia
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High School
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English

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