Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 22 2009

Here’s goes nothing…

Hello, friends!

Well, here I finally am– entering the blog world.  I definitely do not know if this will stick, but I am going to give it a try.

I write this during my last day at ‘home.’  Tomorrow the Teach For America adventure begins.  I will spend tomorrow through Saturday in the Twin Cities for induction, and then on Sunday I fly out to Los Angeles for the real fun.  For inquiring minds, the real fun is traveling to California for 5 weeks of training/teaching summer school.  I’ll be Ms. Andersen for the first time on July 6th.

For those whom I might not have had the chance to tell, I was offered a special education teaching position at Brooklyn Center High School (7-12).  When I was interviewed, I absolutely fell in love with the school and had my fingers crossed that THAT would end up being the school for me.  And much to my pleasure, that is indeed my place of employment for the next two years. Check out this place:


I still cannot believe this is all happening.  I am really, truly going to be a teacher… with real live students and everything. I cannot deny that I have a whole bundle of nerves in my stomach right now.  In preparation, TFA has us read countless amounts of teaching examples, and it is hard to not become intimidated by these stories.  I am joining the ranks of people who have done extraordinary things.  Are they sure they want me?!  Did you want to double this decision?!  My goodness.  Being a part of a charter corps also comes with its intimidations.  We are teaching in schools and communities that have no prior experiences with TFA– we’re the forerunners, we set the bar.

I hear these next weeks while be the hardest I have ever encountered.  I don’t, however, want to be nervous of that.  Instead, I want to hold me head up high and go at this full force.  What a whirlwind adventure this all may be– but how blessed I am to be able to have this experience!

I have already found a lot of support in this endeavor.  I am so thankful that I have college friends that are also going through this experience, and glad that I have a dear friend, Ms. Sara, who already completed TFA and is more than willing to offer advice. I have already experienced support from my fellow corps members– people I don’t even know yet!  And then, of course, I know I have a whole lot of love and support behind me from a whole lot of other wonderful people (corny, I know– but true).

A couple of months ago, I stumbled across this quote by a six-year-old:

“My teacher thought I was smarter than I was; so I was.”

Here’s to that.

ALSO.. I hear the best thing ever is receiving mail at institute.. so if you have a sudden urge to write someone a letter between June 28th and August 1st, I know a place where you could send it..

Holly Andersen / Corps Member
Loyola Marymount University
Conference Services c/o Teach For America
1 LMU Drive, MS 8150 -03
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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