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May 26 2013

The Suitemate…

For those of you starting institute for the first time, the fourth time, and/or the last time, here’s a fond institute memory for you: Four years ago, I moved into a large suite at St. John’s University in Queens for my first institute experience as an operations coordinator. I was still in college, debating whether…

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Jun 08 2011

The DRA…

Thank goodness I taught at a high school last summer, because the DRA seems crazy! Okay, not really crazy, but just complicated. Lots of bits and pieces to remember, lots of kids, lots of time. And I’m sure the logistics of testing and the system has been reworked over and over to be the most…

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May 29 2011

The Third Time’s a Charm…

Here I am, back at institute for the third summer in a row. I really enjoyed both of my previous institute experiences of being an operations coordinator, which solidified my intent to apply for and join the corps, and a first-year corps member, which solidified my intent never to come to institute again (see how…

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Jul 14 2010

The Anti-Climax…

I have become accustomed to anti-climaxes lately. First, there was the whole matter of being away from school for my last semester. Leaving in December didn’t feel like the end; graduating in May seemed like an afterthought. Then, there was the end of my co-op. I left at noon that Friday, after cake and a…

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Jun 12 2010

The Epiphany…

On the first day of institute, it finally sunk in that I am going to be a teacher. Remember that I accepted Teach For America’s offer in November, so it’s apparently taken six months for me to grasp this concept. I am going to be a teacher. I am going to stand in front of…

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