“I am. I will.”

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on TCST before, but I teach in North Carolina. To get a snapshot of what’s happening here politically of late, just head over to news.google.com and type in North Carolina education or something similar. Make sure you’re sitting down.

In a nutshell: Our legislature is making some very ill-informed decisions when it comes to education (and has been for a few years now). In response to this, many teachers are waking up to the fact that we have a distinctly powerful voice when it comes to inspiring change. I have been excersizing that voice whenever possible by helping fellow educators with organizing efforts across the state. Our ultimate goal: To build a network of parents, teachers, and other public education supporters that will fight for what we believe in. Our children are under attack, and we will not stand for it.

And now over to my ridiculous, juvenile side. As it happens, the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released yesterday. My dramatic side loves to draw connections between real life and fantasy whenever possible, and after watching this I know that we will win this fight against poor policy-making. Whether you’re a fan of making the world a better place or a fan of young-adult literature, give it a watch:



I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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