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Jun 23 2012


I’ve got a few hours to spare on a Friday night while doing my laundry.  A few hours at Institute is a precious thing.  Every moment of the 80-hour work week is scripted and the lesson planning, seminars, and classroom prep takes up almost every waking moment.  While others are taking a break and going…

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Jun 09 2012


I have only a few minutes to write.  I may not get a chance to do this again until Institute is over.  Today is the last day of Induction week.  It’s about 5:00 a.m. and even that kind of head start on the day, I feel like I’m pressed for time. Induction is a whirlwind,…

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Jun 04 2012

Wired with anticipation

I’m up late and I’m wired.  The past few days have been epic.  I packed up, kissed my wife and son goodbye, and I hit the road.  I drove over 1,400 miles in two days!  It was a pleasant drive for the most part, considering it’s a Jeep with no air conditioning.  There was an…

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May 25 2012

Fingerprinting, round two

I took time off from my soon-to-be-former job today in a quest to get fingerprinted again.  My last blog post documented the hassles I had experienced previously doing this.  Unfortunately, the quality of my fingerprints was unusable  by the Oklahoma authorities, so I had to submit another set.  Trying to do this on the day…

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May 23 2012

When efficiency meets government

Through the Teach For America recruitment process, I have been amazed at the ability of the staff to effectively disseminate a vast amount of information, communicate deadlines, and keep things moving forward.  Having been in the military and having worked as a civilian I.T. contractor for the government, the TFA folks are pretty impressive at…

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May 21 2012

Craziness and Blessings

Life seems like I’m on the rollercoaster right now, just cresting the top of the first hill. Going back to school two years ago at the age of 50 was the start of the uphill climb that led me to Teach For America. The recruitment process seemed interminable, waiting for phone interviews and the day…

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May 10 2012

First Steps

Every blog has its first post and usually, the title is something unimaginative like “First Post.”  I hope I’m not being presumptuous by starting my blog already.  I will be heading out to Oklahoma for Induction and Institute in a few weeks.  It will be interesting to look back and see how my perceptions change…

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