I’m an educator and a parent who spends much of her time teaching and advocating for children and public education. Currently, I teach in a Title I school in Florida where we have the highest poverty rate of all schools in the county. I have been teaching for about 10 years now. I began my teaching career around the age of 37. I left a successful career in high-tech sales and marketing to do what I love to do most: teach. I grew tired of chasing money and wanted to make a difference in my world, especially in children’s lives. My first job in teaching was at a public Title I middle school in San Diego. I taught during the notorious “Bersin reign” that Diane Ravitch chronicles in her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. I taught at that middle school for three years and barely survived. Not long after I left, it was turned into a charter school.
I then left for Florida and am now teaching at a public elementary school where I am seeing much of the same oppressive and aggressive tactics being used on teachers at my school as I saw in San Diego.
I am blown away by what is going on in education right now. There is a lack of ethics and transparency in our government with powerful elites, and the media. I’m for “real reform” in public education, not a takeover by ed reformers who blame overworked teachers for the problems we are seeing in education. Many of the problems in education are connected to poverty, and I see the problems getting worse as we see poverty levels climb.
My hope for this blog is that it will be a source of information for educators and parents, like myself, who want to learn about the realities in public education. I’m a huge believer in sharing “true information” and debunking myths and lies, especially found in the media where it can do the most harm, and has, in the case of public school teachers.