The School Year So Far

So, many of you might be wondering how the school year has been going so far.


It’s been a very busy school year; but what year isn’t? 😴

I’m having a good time teaching some new history classes and am excited to teach basic research skills. 🏫

My upper-level students have enjoyed my supplementing a few episodes from Ken Burns’ “The West” – they’ve even learned a few of the background songs like “Mining is a Hard Kind of Labor” and “Hard Times Come Again No More” ⚒

I’ve got two new cross country runner and their progress has been amazing 🏃

This year has proved extra-special, too.

First, I received an amazing gift. Their family renovates old homes and found an old scrapbook. Not knowing what to do with it, they gave it to me, saying it had some stuff from Catholic history and WWII.

This scrapbook is *full* of newspaper articles, but there’s two pictures I want to share right away: the surrender of Nazi Germany and coronation of Queen Elizabeth II!

Second, I had a group of students ask if I’d cook them lunch if they paid for ingredients. They were supposed to go out to eat but chose this instead. I loved cooking for them and they really enjoyed the food!

Saturday Morning Coffee

Come on in. The coffee’s hot and strong. Let’s chat. Continue reading “Saturday Morning Coffee”

Midterm Election in the Classroom

This past week North Carolina voted on six amendments to our state constitution. Of course I used it as a teaching opportunity. Continue reading “Midterm Election in the Classroom”

The Best Student Quote From My First Hour Class

Me: Remember, history is complicated.

Student: Not as complicated as math, though.

I Am A Magical Unicorn & Frankenstein Still Matters

Several weeks ago, NPR’s Science Friday asked the question “Why is Frankenstein still relevant today?” Well, let me tell you a story: Continue reading “I Am A Magical Unicorn & Frankenstein Still Matters”

Saturday Morning Coffee

Here I am gearing up for another Cross Country 5K. It’s raining right now, but supposed to clear off by race time. So, I have a few minutes to chat.  Continue reading “Saturday Morning Coffee”

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