Well. It’s well past the end of everyone's school year and I’m finally ready to start writing again. How’s that for timing? But when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on (that’s right, I’m a WORDSMITH!), so consider this my restart button.
Part of the reason I didn’t have time to write last year was because my grandmother was very ill. So when I wasn’t at work, I wanted to be at the hospice with her. I'm telling you this because this is primarily a blog about teaching and Mary O’Neill was the best teacher I've ever known. She had a remarkable love of learning (we’re talking about a lady who got her BS in biology in the 1940s!), raised four scarily intelligent children on her own in a time when that was not-a-thing-you-did, found a good job and worked harder and more cheerfully at it than almost anyone I’ve ever known and exhibited a warmth and kindness that I strive to take with me in the classroom and in life.
I have a new, daunting challenge starting up in September that I’ll talk about in another post- but I know I’ll be drawing on Grandma Mary's influence as I rise to meet it.
Scrappy Teacher is happy to be back!