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Paula is an author of historical fiction as well as a wife, mom, and teacher.

How Sweet It Is!

I cannot tell you how many times, especially between 2013 and 2015, I heard my colleagues bemoan how much the general public hates teachers. Many refused to participate in actions our union organized, from things as basic as wearing blue … Continue reading

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Trans Annos

Right now, understandably, there are a whole lot of shooting survivors asking, “What now? What does the rest of my life look like?” Because right now it looks insurmountable. This is my frustrated attempt to communicate to them via Facebook. … Continue reading

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No Words, Only Sound

Forgive the rambling nature of this entry—the lack of a single, coherent thesis. I woke up this morning to the image of stricken young people. I didn’t know their faces, but I know that expression. I know that expression. Then … Continue reading

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Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize.

This is my response to this article in the New York Times. In my 30+ years of teaching, I’ve found that one simple, three-word phrase (four, if you count the contraction) goes a long, long way in student discipline. When … Continue reading

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My Work in Progress, or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”

Saturday morning, as I was walking my two dogs, I ran into an acquaintance I haven’t seen in years. (We used to take turns driving our two daughters—now with bachelor’s degrees—to Brownies. Yeah, it’s been a while.) She asked what … Continue reading

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My Letter to Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent of Jeffco Schools

Dear Dr. Glass: I have been in leadership positions myself a number of times and have always felt that it was vital to get community input as I crafted the way forward for whatever group I led. This is why … Continue reading

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Stories Untold, Heroes Unsung

I just finished watching 13 Reasons Why, primarily because I am a high school teacher and I know my kids are watching it, and as an ACE teacher, I deal with all of the issues brought up in this series…Anyway, this blog is for teens, so I hope readers share it as they see fit, especially with kids.
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The Problem

I once read an interview of a nutritionist who said if he could eliminate one thing from the American diet, it would be cheese. That’s right—cheese is what’s causing the obesity epidemic. Not candy, not soda; in a fast food … Continue reading

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Good Schools for Every Kid

No matter where she goes (like Bethune-Cookman), Betsy DeVos can’t catch a break. Some of that is backlash to her connection to Trump, something arguably out of her control. For me, she represents a total failure of too many leaders … Continue reading

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Six People with Different Political Views Walk into a Dinner Party…

Starting at end of table closest to camera and going left to right: Paula, Kelly, Krista, (empty seat Tory, who took the picture), Kavita, Alan In May of 2011 I got into a Facebook discussion about politics. Well, I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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