Hello! It’s been awhile.

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Hello world!  I know it has been a hot minute since I’ve written a word.  Life has been a whirlwind since I have been back at work for the school year.  I feel like I have been on a fast-moving train and it has yet to come to a stop.

You may be wondering how things have been going as a new Kenan Fellow taking back all I have learned to my classroom.  The greatest change I can comment on is the change in myself.  I have really stepped up my leadership role withing my school and I am working on making a greater impact in my county.  Let me tell you… I am EXHAUSTED!  But I have been inspired far more times than I have ever been before and that is worth all the extra work.  I took on the role of Data Team Leader and I am a member of the School Improvement Team.  I helped lead our Science Olympiad Team and I planned our 7th grade field trip to the NC Natural Science Museum in Raleigh this past fall.

Had it not been for my work with Kenan Fellows I would not have been ambitious enough to think I could plan and lead a field trip so far away from our school.  There many bumps in the planning stages but come day of, our trip went as smoothly, if not smoother, than I could have hoped.  My students still bring up things they learned from the museum to this day.

Even more exciting, at least for me :D, I presented a poster on our Students Discover projects with Dr. Sorger this past fall.  I had never been to Denver before, let alone present a poster at a large conference!  This was such a great experience and I am very thankful for it!

I will be implementing Invisible Pathogens next week.  There was a bit of hold-up in trying to get the materials necessary to complete the lesson.  Now that I have the materials, I am ready to get started.  I’m so excited about it!  I know my students will love it.  I will definitely get back to you on how it goes.

I suppose it is time to get back to the daily grind and try not to worry too much about the changes NC is throwing at teachers.  All I can say is that this is the first time in 7 years of teaching that I have heard so many teachers afraid of losing their jobs.  It is already hard enough keeping teachers and now those willing to stay may lose their job… crazy times indeed.

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