I was a guest teacher today for an amazing bunch of 8th grades at MS 57 James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy as part of Teach For America Week. Brushes off the skills I honed as a 7th grade social studies teacher in Washington Heights for 3 years and returned back to the neighborhood where I attended elementary school at Central Park East I.
I definitely miss teaching and interacting with kids on a regular basis! Hope they enjoyed the visit…I wish I had smart boards when I was teaching…those things are amazing! lol
Congrats to all of the students on their hard work and recent High School acceptances! I look forward to seeing all the great things they will do for this world in the near future. Maybe some future Olympians in the bunch? Hope so!
Special thanks to Mr. Peak and the principal for letting me visit their great school. Also to Erin Brooks and Josh Dormont for being awesome escorts and all the people who are sponsoring Teach For America teachers!
Can’t thank Millard Drexler, the CEO of J. Crew, and Caroline Kennedy enough for their support of Teach For America. Had a very humbling evening with both of them and my Teach For America family at the J. Crew store on 17th and 5th to celebrate the efforts of some great leaders in New York who are supporting TFA.
I’m going to teach at a public school in Harlem tomorrow as part of Teach For America week in NYC. So excited!
Teach For America Week:
Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and teach lessons based on their experience in business, politics, and beyond. An annual event since 1997, Teach For America Week will take place in 30 regions across the country in 2010.
Over 20 confirmed participants are designers Kate and Andy Spade; Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop Chief Marketing Officer; David Westin, President of ABC News; Amy Astley, Editor in Chief Teen Vogue; Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money; stylist Frédéric Fekkai and Drew Nieporent, owner of Nobu and other Myriad Restaurant Group establishments.
More about TFA and to donate: www.teachforamerica.org