media center · Middle school · retirement · Teachers

There’s a Gorilla in the Library

            This past week I retired from twenty years working as a school media specialist. I had accumulated lots of stuff in my "second home" over the years and for the last months I have been bringing home my books, pictures, and extra sweaters. I gave away many of the cute knick-knacks that teachers are… Continue reading There’s a Gorilla in the Library

End of School · Middle school · Spirituality · Teachers

“We’re all miserable!”

“I don't know what to say, except it's the last week of school and we're all in misery.” I’ve paraphrased one of my favorite quotes from Christmas Vacation to describe the last week of May, when the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and those of us who work in a school are exhausted… Continue reading “We’re all miserable!”

Gardening · Middle school · Parable of the sower · Uncategorized

Stuggling through the weeds

I came back from my spring break trip to New York to a mess - in my flower garden. After several cool rainy weeks, and then a warm week-end, the weeds had gone crazy, covering all my little flowers trying to come out to enjoy the sunshine. Despite my best efforts at putting down mulch… Continue reading Stuggling through the weeds

Middle school · Reading · Uncategorized

The Thrill of New Books by Millicent Flake

When I started as a middle school media specialist after 10 years in an elementary school, one of the biggest adjustments was the lack of money for new books. I went from a fairly large school to  a much smaller one and my budget was practically non-existent. After a frustrating few years, I decided I… Continue reading The Thrill of New Books by Millicent Flake