Memorable Moments in an Alien World

{June 14, 2013}   Networking.

I am a planner.

That being the case, while I was completing my mild/moderate special education credential, I was concurrently hitting the pavement, trying to find an “in” at any school district I could. I dropped by district offices to give my resume (which, by the way, they really frown upon – it’s all about online contact nowadays!), went to job fairs and daily filled out and submitted online applications.

For my proactiveness, I was rewarded with an abundance of rejection. It was a magical time. Read the rest of this entry »

{December 20, 2012}   Power Colours

Approximately one year ago, I was getting ready for my first IEP meeting (for those outside of the special education realm – which I do hope is most of my readers – all 3 of you! – an IEP is an individualized education plan. Every one of my students has one, that has highly specified academic and life skills goals that legally must be worked on and documented and PROVEN as either having been met or not met in the yearly aforementioned IEP meeting. It’s a legal meeting to discuss a legal document). As a new teacher, I was pretty psyched out for this meeting. There was going to be a lawyer and an advocate and all of these outside service providers. And I’m leading it all.

Short version? I was freakin’ terrified. You know, in a totally in-control, calm way (of course). Read the rest of this entry »

{June 16, 2012}   Catch 22

I enjoy wine. Reds (Merlot, especially) are my favorite.

I also enjoy Coke. Nay, I love Coke and over the years have (rightly, I surmise) ignored the insurmountable number of emails from Coke-haters admonishing me on the evils of Coke (mind you, we are speaking of Coca-Cola – and NOT the original recipe, if you know what I mean). Coke rots your teeth. It’s bad for your stomach. It dissolves pennies. Cops use it to clean up blood on the road after a really bad accident. Blah, blah, blah. Eh, I digress…(but if you DO want to know what Coke can do: The Many Uses of Coke)

I enjoy many different beverages, but have noticed that I apparently become quite conspicuous in an after-work social setting if I choose NOT to drink alcohol. That being said, I attempt to fiercely hold on to my independence and free-will to drink what I want, not what is expected. Read the rest of this entry »

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