Steel Curtain

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 03 2011

And so it begins

As an incoming corps member, I wanted to create a blog from the beginning that chronicles my time teaching in Connecticut.  Admittedly, I have never blogged or recorded anything in my life to such an extent, but I hope to continue consistently adding posts even when I begin teaching (…when I have a feeling time will become quite limited).

Ever since high school, I thought I wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor, and I worked for a long time towards that very goal until I witnessed the achievement gap first-hand in Phoenix, AZ.  Eventually, I started receiving e-mails about TFA and heard more about the program from fellow Arizona State University students, and needless to say, I have never felt more sure about pursuing a goal in my life.  It was as if TFA was my end goal from the very beginning.  I feel so very blessed for this opportunity, and hopefully I will be able to look back at this initial post when I’m feeling defeated, which I’m sure will happen at least once during my teaching experience, and remember why I pressed that “commit” button.

At first, when I heard that I was placed in Connecticut, I wasn’t overly excited.  I put Connecticut as one of my highly preferred regions without knowing much about the region besides its proximity to home for me (and by proximity I mean east coast as opposed to the southwest).  Yet here I go off to a strange place, and I realized that I could’ve been placed in my last option and still would have pressed “commit”.  My goal is the same regardless, and I’m so excited to live back in an area where seasons exist, leafs change in the fall and boots, scarves and hats are a must!

As I go through my pre-institute work, Praxis studying, induction and institute, I will try my best to update this blog as often as possible.  For now, I will sign off by saying that I am ready to start kicking some major achievement gap butt!  Here we go!

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  2. Hi Lauren!

    I’ve lived in CT for more than 2 decades and I absolutely love it. I’ll be living in a different state for the first time in June when I start institute, and it couldn’t be a state more different from my own: Texas. Good luck in the Nutmeg State!

    • Lauren Bloom

      I learn something new about CT everyday! The Nutmeg State huh? Awesome! Good luck in Texas!

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