A Year in the Life

Vote for Highlander Institute

It’s been a long time since I posted on here, but hopefully in the next few months I’ll get back into the swing of things! I’m posting now to plug a competition for a $100,000 education grant. Shawn Rubin, the Director of Blended Learning at Highlander Institute is in the running. Highlander works to incorporate education technology into classrooms all across the state of Rhode Island. The group visited the school I worked for in Providence (through Teach For America) several times over the past 2 years, and they do great work with teachers, school administrators, and districts.

I highly encourage everyone to Vote for Shawn Rubin and Highlander Institute! This money could help move RI even closer to 21st century classrooms for every student. Thanks!


Rhode Island TFA Exec featured in Self


Source: Self Magazine, “Running…And Running for Office”

Heather Tow-Yick, the Executive Director of Little Rhody’s Teach For America corps is running for public office! To read more about her and her recent campaign routine, check out this feature in Self magazine.

Teacher Appreciation Day Gift

Teacher Appreciation Day Gift

Yesterday was National Teacher Appreciation Day, and I was lucky to receive this thoughtful gift from one of my most dedicated and hardworking students. Even though I’m home sick today with a sore throat, looking at this makes me feel great!

Send Bulgarian Speech Champions to US Nationals!

Send Bulgarian Speech Champions to US Nationals!

Last year, my students and I participated in the first annual Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by the Bulgarian Forensic League (BFL). The BFL was formed by Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, and recently held its second annual tournament. It is now hoping to send its top Oratory and Duo winners from the April competition in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, to the United States’ National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament from June 15-20, 2014. The competition will be held in Kansas and will offer 3 Bulgarian high school students an amazing opportunity to visit and participate in the US.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause!


Save Fulbright

Save Fulbright

The US government is considering cutting $30 million from funding for the Fulbright Program. As an alumna of the program, I can attest to the life-changing experiences it provides for people all over the world. Please take a minute to sign the petition at the link above. Thank you!

News from Former Students

I am extremely grateful for all your help and support, you’re just great! Another thing I want you to know is that ever since you talked to us about Edgar Allan Poe, I’ve read many of his works and I even have a favorite one now…I really fell in love with it. I can’t exactly say why, but I…think I identify with it on a subconscious level or at least that’s my best guess.”

Just received an e-mail from one of my former Bulgarian students. She’s applying for university and asked me to read and edit her personal statement. She also shared the above sentiment with me, which really made my day when I read her message during my prep period at school. (If anyone is interested, the Poe work she’s referring to is a poem called Dream-Land).

In other news, a different Bulgarian student who I wrote a recommendation letter for just told me he got accepted to Aston University in Birmingham, England! I am so excited for him and so incredibly proud. These small things just gave me a little fuel to keep encouraging my current students through the long upcoming month of March.

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!


Just wanted to share a few photos of the Valentine’s Day cards I handed out to my students last Friday. We had a snow day on Thursday, so I spent my free time putting these together for the kids. Many of them had mentioned they’d never received valentines before, and my administration frowns on giving out candy, so I thought these would be a good compromise. Ideally, I wanted to include a math Valentine’s Day pun, but I couldn’t think of anything. Let me know if you have any ideas for next year!