SoDak it Hurts

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Sep 26 2011

New Blog

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you following my story over the past two years as a teacher at Todd County High School in Mission, South Dakota.
Many days, it was this space that helped me move forward.
I’m no longer a teacher at TCHS, but I’m continuing The Work back in Texas with the Stelos Alliance. I’d be honored if you kept up with my new story over at my new blog: Running Through Fire – the name was inspired by the Sicangu Lakota.
I’ll be telling my Story there from now on – so subscribe via RSS or email (the upper right-hand side of the Running Through Fire page) and let’s continue on together.
I’d also very much appreciate you looking into the work I’m doing with the Stelos Alliance. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Aug 16 2011

Last Post

This blog recorded the furthest I’ve ever lived from home, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, the most introspective, driven and focused people I’ve ever met. The words here came out of lonely times and days when I thought I couldn’t do anything to help the students I was teaching. Rarely here did I recount…

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May 11 2011

Sig Gains

She’s a freshman who puts blue streaks in her hair – so when the stage lights hit her, it looks like midnight. I taught her sister earlier this year, but, other than knowing who she was, never interacted with her until she started doing Oral Interpretation. After a while I figured that she was just…

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Last year, teachers gathered together to discuss What It Takes To Begin. This year, my students have been working toward the goal of telling their story. This spring, teachers from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations will gather again to share our ideas on Community in the collection: Sleeping On The Couch: Stories of Community.…

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May 03 2011

The Book of Liz

The 2011 Spring Play is The Book of Liz by Amy and David Sedaris. The show features 13 stellar actresses and actors who’ve put in a great deal of work to bring all of the humor they possibly can to the performances. These students are commended not only for being involved, but also for choosing…

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I taught 10th Grade English on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota between 2009 and 2011. Currently blogging at

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