Windy City Nights (Vimeo)

Arguably the most photogenic city in the United States. Flashbacks to my time in the Gold Coast and at Andrew Jackson Language Academy. Congratulations to my former Third graders as they welcome the summer months. Bring on Fifth Grade!

Finally Getting to Know My Students. Thanks, WhatsApp.

Teaching takes patience. Being patient takes a lot of practice. When I was in University, my professor told me that, “It takes a special kind of person to teach.” I think she could have easily also said, “It takes a special kind of person to be willing to be so patient all the time.” To become…

Beauty From Above: Amos Chapple’s Stunning Drone Photography

Although I do not consider myself a photographer, I love photography. I am always flipping through my favorite bookmarked blogs with the hopes of stumbling across a breathtaking photo or two. Rarely do I find a complete set that stuns me the way Amos Chapple did with his “Air” project. I would say that the…

Using Photographs to Modify Perspective

It’s hot in Malaysia. Some days the afternoon heat and humidity is so crippling that all my students want to do is sleep. Usually, I want to curl up into a ball and sleep too, preferably directly underneath the classrooms single functioning fan. And yet I need to teach. How can I possibly teach in…

A Little Taste of a Happy(er) Life

I woke up one morning late last week and, for the first time in over one hundred days, my first thought was, “What are you doing here?” I laid there blankly staring up at the ceiling fans whirling above my head, attempting to suppress the stagnant morning humidity, and began to justify my being in…