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Sliding back in

10 May

my passport — check out the date…..

The past week and a half has been pretty insane — from arriving in NYC to going to Denver, CO for the Expeditionary Learning National Conference to arriving back in Northampton to see friends and return to work (I am subbing for an Assistant Principal at my old school).

welcome back!

There are still lots of questions and processing going on in my head….  many blog posts still to come.  I am totally unsure of where I will be living and what I will be doing in a few months….  trying to keep the stress at bay!   It is strange to think that two weeks ago I was hanging out in Huaraz Peru, it seems so far away…..

and other happenings….

14 Sep

there was great news about my school this past week or so when Governor Patrick visited:


Glad to see Renaissance getting the good word it deserves!

Also, tomorrow, we fly to Lukla to start the three passes trek – which will take us a little over 20 days – so we will be out of touch again for awhile…. we are hoping we get some good views and some sweet tea and probably more dal bhat than we can wish for (though I do love the tibetan bread and momos!)

here is a NYT article about the trek:


but then, from there, who knows what I will be doing….  the plan will evolve I am sure.  I have had moments of definitely missing home and my community, but glad to be pushing myself out here!


7 Jun

This blog is dedicated to my crew and all my students at the amazing Springfield Renaissance School!

Last night was our second graduation.  Second year of 100% college acceptance.  I am so proud of our accomplishments and so proud to be a founding teacher at this school.  As I tell my crew of my travels, I hope that they will travel with me next year.

Each day, I ask of my students to dig deep, think deep, question the world, each other and to push themselves.  Now it is time that I do the same.

In the letter I wrote to my crew, I included this Mark Twain quote which speaks to me and is what I hope my crew learns from my adventures next year!

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”