Milty Goes to Connecticut

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 11 2010

the Blog is Back

Hello dear readers (both of you),

Announcement time: I’m teaching again. I haven’t posted since my earlier announcement that I’m not teaching, mostly because I had nothing to say. I lived a happy, well-rested existence, trying to recover from the brain demon that stole my sanity earlier this year. Not much to report but, in a way, that’s maybe the best news I’ve had in a while.

I commence teaching again at Amistad Elm City College Prep High School in New Haven. It’s an Achievement First charter school. I interviewed for a position back in December but they decided to go with another candidate. I was content thinking, well, I’ll stay at Borders; I’ll work toward next year. The Lord giveth; the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord. I was really at peace with it. Then about a week ago, I got an email from the recruiter asking if I might be interested in a position at the high school for the remainder of the year. I said I was, and now, a week later, I’m staring down a different path quite suddenly.

Malcolm Gladwell would say that my intuitive mind really makes good decisions and quickly but my obsessive rational side says that major decisions take time. It’s probably good that I didn’t have enough time for pro-con lists and the like. I’ll jump right back in tomorrow with a healthy channel for my regained optimism and energy. The crusader back on the crusade. The Templars mostly drank and destroyed Europe and each other when they weren’t in Jerusalem so I must view this as a good thing.

To prep and calm, I’ve been quoting Bible verses to myself in my head. Apparently the command that appears most often in the Bible is “do not be afraid.” The lit professor in me says that repetition is significant; it adds emphasis and calls the reader’s attention to it. If it’s the most repeated, it must reasonably be one of the most important. So I’m walking back into my chosen crusade tomorrow, foam sword in hand, fearless.

One Response

  1. Teryn


    I totally read all your blog today while I was in class. I just wanted to let you know that you are a really great writer, I couldn’t for lack of a better metaphor put your blog down lol. Anyways, I was sad to read that you had stopped teaching as you had gotten me super motivated for the upcoming year. I am extremely elated to hear that you started up again, keep your readers posted please…and I think you can do it, if that means anything!

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