First Impressions

First Impressions

Here’s what I knew about the African continent before I arrived in Uganda with my family.* I pictured a harsh, barren land (as depicted in some documentaries) and having to fetch water from some far away riverbed. But when I looked out the plane window as we approached Entebe Airport, I saw fertile land, lush … Read more

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Most Memorable Gift

Most Memorable Gift

I receive many gifts from my students. One day at recess, my youngest girl came up to me, a massive smile spread across her face, ad asked me to hold out my hand. “Something for Teecha,” she rasped out in her warm, little voice. I stretched out my hand, and she placed something shiny in … Read more

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Purpose and Joy

Purpose and Joy

I’d been losing focus. I was getting frustrated about little things. I was having a hard time being encouraging and patient. Something had to change. And it did, the very next day. Along with her crinkled coloring sheets and handwriting homework, my first-grader Anny pulled out a folded little note from her back pack. “My … Read more

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