• Sky is the Limit mural

    Mungere Secondary School

    My dream is now my reality. I still keep pinching myself. I live in Tanzania! This country is so beautiful. From the smiling children out herding goats and cows to the amazing students at Mungere Secondary School where I work, to the undulating golden grasses, Acacia trees and the ever-present green backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Every day is a wonder. First Three Weeks Outside my window, I hear a light fluttering as the wind filters through the…

  • Hitting Refresh!

    I’m hitting the Refresh button yet again. But this time I am pursuing a life-long dream. I’m headed to Tanzania, Africa. For most of my life, I have wanted to help people in developing countries, with the continent of Africa being the illusive cherry on top. While I did get a short opportunity to dip my toe into the beautiful continent when I briefly worked in Nigeria, I was at an American school with primarily foreign students from the embassies.…

  • NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo

    Today is the start of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I have to say, I am very intimidated. The goal is to write an entire first draft of a novel in 30 days (Nov. 1 – 30). That is approximately 50,000 words. So – I’m officially procrastinating – writing this blog post. I have the idea of the book in my head. Has something to do with a teenager that “selectively mutes” due to a trifecta of conflicts in…

  • Impact Project

    I currently teach fifth grade humanities. What this means is that the subjects that are covered are numerous, they overlap, they collide, and they require students to ponder and question. They examine global history from the 1400’s to 1865, and learn to write, read and understand nuances of language. They also take part in a service learning component called an Impact Project. Learning About the Issues This year I decided to challenge my fifth graders (9 – 11 yrs old)…

  • Anti-Plastic: Compostable Sandwich Bags

    Are you anti-plastic? Me too! But my snacks needed support. While I have found alternatives (etee wraps are great), sometimes you just want to have a little zipper-bag to make life easy. Scouring the plastic bag aisle for something un-plastic one day, what did my eyes behold? BioBag! Eureka – a compostable bag at the grocery store! To make it even more exciting – it is resealable with a zipper. BioBag is a company that is trying to revolutionize the…

  • Reading

    Read This…Change a Life

    Have you ever heard the saying, “If you can read this, thank a teacher?” Does the teacher in this scenario need to be in the classroom? Of course not. Parents, siblings, family members, friends can all have a hand in helping someone become literate. Then there is the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Likewise – reading or writing? Were combined letters the first thing we humans read? I don’t think so. I think as…