• Education
  • Better Than Our First Drafts Revisited

    When I directed a high school writing lab, my favorite part of the job was working with students on their college application essays. It was challenging at first, teaching them to answer the prompts while showing their best selves in their own best words. But after I learned to ask the right questions and to […]

  • Education
  • Resignation

    This post is long overdue; it’s taken me time to write about something I’ve wrestled with for a while. While I’ve been much blessed, these last three years have also included private struggles and challenges. One fallout of these challenges was, after over a year of contemplation and prayer, my decision to resign from my […]

  • Education
  • Better Than Our First Drafts

    The subject line in an emailed draft of a paper on Pride and Prejudice I received earlier this year read, “Sorry so late, not my best work.” Naturally, in my response I often send to students to let them know I’ve received their emails, I wrote, “Got it. Sounds promising.” Because, you know. With my […]