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May 09 2013

Homeboy Industries / Homegirl Cafe

Still working on pre-work. Today I read about Homeboy Industries, a project by a Jesuit priest in LA that for the past 25 years has provided jobs and help for former gang members and prevented other youths from joining gangs. Consisting of a cafe, farmers markets, diner, grocery, bakery, silkscreen/embroidery, educational counseling, tattoo removal, legal…

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May 01 2013

Project H in Bertie County

A bit southeast of where I’ll be teaching is Bertie County. I had an interview there that was unfortunately cancelled, but in my pre-work I came across this fantastic TED video about Emily Pilloton’s Project H, a high school design class there. Watch it and be inspired!  

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Apr 25 2013

Pre-Institute Work – Racism

Before a TFA Corps Member becomes a Corps Member, he or she must go to Institute and (hopefully) learn to teach. Before going to Institute, the future CM must complete a packet of pre-work. This is 45 pages that each have 1-10 weblinks on them. Part I is supposed to teach us about “The Causes…

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Apr 25 2013


Welcome to my blog, As Water Reflects the Face. The title comes from Proverbs 27:19: As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. (NIV) I chose that title because every time someone asks me why I chose to do TFA, my answer (other than because they let me in!) is that I…

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