Above: 10 Year cake from senior Sarah Salinas
With classes starting up on Monday, I spent the past few days getting “organized” while attending a number of meetings with administrators and my department. It will still take much of this weekend to get my syllabus up to speed in each of the three courses I teach, but they should be good come Monday. The nice thing about last week was trying to find time to meet with a number of my favorite students before they leave for college. Emilly came by to have coffee with me and to chat about a list of things. She is one of a number of students I taught in each of my three courses. That is not the norm, but when I get a bright and interesting student during their sophomore year, I try to hold on to them.
There are a number of challenges that come with being a teacher. Sure, I have it pretty nice: I teach at a very good school with good students, nice facilities, and smart colleagues. I am about to start my 10th year (?) of teaching. I feel reasonably accomplished. I have had the opportunity to write and present my writing, teach great courses with excellent results — for the most part. Though last year was one I consider to be sub par. I have been able to travel not only throughout the country to conduct research and to receive and provide various academic training, but to Europe a few times since I started teaching. Now, I fly anywhere between 6 – 10 times per year, which is down. Though I do not address my background much, the brothers back in the hood are always impressed when I tell them what I do for a living.