Times of transition leave me feeling out of breath, much like being in the deep end trying to find the shore. The ocean waves are rough and every time they begin to calm down and I can float for a bit, another storm comes rushing in. It's all a part of change, of starting new things and of adjusting to a new place to call temporary home.
On the bright side, I am starting to love St. Louis more and more. I miss my friends and my family, I am making new ones, and am thinking of my past students a lot. I miss teaching and I worry about the success of my previous students. I hope they are doing their very best to have a successful academic year. I hope they are making good decisions! There are so many things high school students need to hear regularly in order to feel and be successful.
One of my very best friends that I hold dear to my heart is starting her first year of teaching in my home state and she is teaching juniors in high school. These students live in a community that is approximately 80% Hispanic and like many areas in this country, it is a community struggling with educational inequity. She is grappling with the idea of her students succeeding and whether they will go to college. Whether or not that is what they want to do, it should be a path that is realistic and achievable for them. I know she has the power to do this, she is incredibly intelligent and inspirational, but she needs our help. Ms. Winger wrote a blog post recently asking others to share insight for her students. Insight that allows her students to dream, to reach for the stars, and that inspires them to realize that no goal of theirs is too big. These students, although I have not met them and you have not met them need your words of courage. Even if it is simple, please take a minute and consider writing them a letter, sending a card, or emailing myself or Ms. Winger directly. They need you.
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|Words of inspiration from Ms. Winger's classroom|