Suriving and Thriving in Chicago

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 19 2014

Where I might go visit Chicago again!

Okay it’s not definite so that’s why it’s the might, but I’m like 90% sure I’ll be there.  Whoo!  I’m heading up from Arkansas and I’ll stop there (kinda) on the way back to Ohio.  I’ll be doing anywhere from zero to three interviews and counting lol.  I’m going to be there for maybe a day and a half.  I was initially just planning on attending an interview day (if invited which still may not even happen hence the zero).  But I received an invite for a second interview, in-person, with a school I was previously talking too.  Then just a couple hours ago another school contacted me to see if I would be available.  This is a traditional school on the South Side so it’d be my first interview with a traditional, non-charter.  It’s also an elementary school which is slightly intimidating, but the more I think about it,…

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May 05 2014

Where I realize cities are expensive…

Yeah it’s kind of a bummer.  So this year, TFA Chicago is doing something brand, spanking new and they holding a regional Summer Training rather than the traditional Institute the majority of TFA regions go through.  Part of the new configuration of it is how we can choose to live in a residential setting with…

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Alright the title is a bit of a stretch, but whatever.  I’m trying to keep the continuity of it all, but I don’t know how long that will last.  Anyways, I am just itching to get back to the Midwest and into a more urban/populized(if that’s a word) setting.  After nine months of rural living,…

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Apr 04 2014

Where I pass the tests!

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on here, but there hasn’t been all that much new to be honest.  The biggest piece of news, as you may have deduced from the title of this post, is that I passed my certification tests!  I’m pretty stoked about this, especially since it means that…

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Mar 12 2014

Where I prepare for Certification Tests

I am going to be taking my certification tests coming up here in four days.  In Chicago, the special education cohort has two exams to take.  One covering special education techniques and philosophies and the other exam is about general education knowledge of the four core content areas (English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and…

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Mar 02 2014

Where I go to Chicago for the first time!

Hello world.  I am excited to announce that I am writing this from a cozy little coffeeshop in the lovely Ukrainian Village neighborhood in Chicago.  I came down a few days ago for my interview day so that was cool.  It went okay.  I talked to five schools but I don’t have any solid offers. …

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Feb 19 2014

Where I prepare for the interview(s)

I learned earlier this week that I am going to have my first interview in a couple days.  I’m pretty excited.  It’s for a charter school on the south side of Chicago and, I believe, it is for a high school position.  My contact is a principal of a high school in the charter network…

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Feb 07 2014

Where I introduce myself

Hey there! Welcome to my lovely Teach for America blog.  It is here that I will chronicle my time teaching in Chicago as a Teach for America teacher.  I have been assigned to teach Special Education so I am excited to get started and get back in the classroom. So I guess I should start…

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