Grateful for Community

I don’t think I’ve realized how blessed I am to be living in a small town until just recently. When I first moved here, I was disappointed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but moving from a city of over a million to a town of 3000 was a bigger change for me than…

Annecy on My Mind

Nearly four years ago, I visited the lovely town of Annecy with my friends while we were studying in France. As I recall bits and pieces of that weekend, I feel slightly wistful. That trip to Annecy was simple and quiet and lasted for only a couple of days, but I’ve always associated this memory…

His words

Come back to me I paused and listened again wanting to be sure I heard right Come back to me Words spoken so clearly Tears came to my eyes, and this was how I knew I always seem to cry whenever I hear Him speak Not tears of sadness, not even tears of joy I…

Seating Plans are Awesome

The key is to be firm and consistent. I learned this the hard way. I implemented a seating plan at the beginning of the year for my junior high class and gradually, it diminished into students sitting on the counters and in their small circles of friends. They were happy that way, and I was…

Junior High Scratch Art

My junior highs did a recent project on scratch art. They were told to etch out either an animal, a fictional character, or a mythical creature. It was not an easy task – most students struggled with the temptation of simply outlining an image, but in the end, I was so pleased with what they…