Detroit. Spring 2015. A little over a year ago, I was working 4 jobs. Yep. FOUR. Just take a wild guess what my energy level was like. Whomp. What were they? ONE. TEACHING. If you know my story, then you know I never really choose easy paths. I choose what I feel makes the biggest difference at the time – the greatest impact. So, upon graduation I applied for and was accepted to Teach For America – Detroit. I was placed in a first grade classroom of what I’ve been told was the lowest school in Detroit at the time. Our school was part of the turnaround effort of 2012. Teaching in this kind of environment is still something I struggle to put into words, but I did my best in a recent post. It’s just kind of one of those things — unless you do it, you don’t get it.…

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I always chose the hard path. My whole life. [seriously, ask my mom.] I thought that’s where I could make the biggest difference – the hard path – but, as I grow up, I’m realizing it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. In all honestly, I think every teacher chose a hard path. It might just be the hardest job in the world. So, it made total sense when I recently heard a podcast speak to the two reasons why a person leaves a profession, even a rewarding one. It’s because there is one or two voids in that person’s life – either a void of time or a void of money. Well, my dear, as teachers, we have both. Lemme break it down for you. Disclaimer : This is not a complaint sesh. I am sharing these voids to #keepitreal and #speakourtruth. Time In this past year, as a…

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