Back to School, 20 Years Later

I started my career as an English teacher in California in 1994. I taught high school English for twelve years and then accepted a position as an assistant principal, which I held for seven years. For a variety of reasons, in 2014, I decided to leave the district I had worked in for 18 years to pursue a PhD in Education. I cleaned out my office, sold my house, stored a bunch of things in family members’ garages, packed what I could fit into my brother-in-law’s truck, and moved in with two other graduate students and their dogs.

The PhD program, and the incredible fellow students and faculty I work with, have challenged many of my long-held assumptions about education and the world in general. I created this blog to document my experiences learning to be a student again, learning from people far younger than I am and with backgrounds nothing like mine, and moving into new understandings of the education system and the social and political context in which it is situated. I am very much still learning and claim to know almost nothing, but it has been an incredible personal and intellectual journey, and I hope other educators, or others thinking about the world differently in mid-life, will enjoy it.