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Failing Forward...

We've got some really big problems right now in K-12 education; standardized test scores in reading and math are way down, students and...

The Importance of Feeling Valued...

I've spent the last couple of months thinking about my career as an educator. I often get asked, "What's Next?". It's a legitimate...

The power of positivity...

I can't say when it started, but I grew to LOVE greeting my students at the door before each class with either a "GOOD MORNING!" (before...

Diversity in STEM...I mean STEAM....

This week, I had the opportunity to attend a Washington Post Live event entitled "Diversity in STEM". Panelists like Sandra Cauffman,...

Ideas for Progress.....

The National Assessment for Educational Progress released it's full report this week about the academic losses in reading and math for...

Get out of your silo.....

I am not a farmer, but this concept of a silo applies to so many things in education. A silo is a tall, solitary building usually used...

Bring back the joy...

Every student and every teacher will tell you how incredibly hard these past couple of years have been. COVID has wreaked havoc on our...

Imposter Syndrome....

There was a time in my life when I knew what I was good at. Being a cheerleader in high school was my identity was good at it. I was...

There are good people....

What a crazy week! It was that last week Congress was going to be in session until after the elections and both the House and Senate...

Just one person....

All it takes is just one person to say something or start something. Let me tell you a true story, one that still gives me goosebumps...

Gratitude....Thank a teacher

We had our first full day of professional development for our Einstein Fellow group this week. One activity we did really got to me. We...

Wait, What? I get to design my own PD?!

Any teacher will tell you that the worst part about teaching is the PD (professional development). This is especially true for veteran...

Introduced a Bill...

Yep- you read that correctly, I introduced a bill in the House of Representatives yesterday. I'm still trying to let that soak in... Up...

Survived!

I made it through an entire week on Capitol Hill! It was a bit bittersweet when my colleagues from West Fargo and across the country are...

And so it finally begins...

So today, I start trying to maintain a weekly blog to let everyone know what I am up to. This past week was 4 days of intense and...

Arrived!

I have arrived in Washington DC, got my apartment set up, and am ready to begin this experience of a lifetime. Getting here was quite the...

Capitol Hill Placement

I am pleased to announce that I will be working int he office of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier of California. He is a member of the...

Opportunity of a Lifetime

It has been a good run here at West Fargo High School- 12 years of teaching physics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP...