the inspiration garden

What My Students Have Taught me

This week marked my 18th First Week of School as a high school teacher. I’ve survived seventeen full years in the classroom, and I’m still just as excited and dedicated as I was that first September so long ago.  Granted, I’m older (and a little …

Back to School Butterflies?

For students and teachers, the first week of every school year can be overwhelming. Many of us feel a combination of fear, excitement, and nerves. Some may even feel a heavy sense of dread. This year, depending on whether you are starting the year remotely, …

Be strong like the trees

A couple of weeks ago here on Long Island, we were hit by Tropical Storm Isaias. Heavy winds knocked out power to almost half a million households and left electrical cables hanging precariously over neighborhood streets. However, the most visible signs of damage were the …

Need some inspiration?

Need some inspiration? Are you looking for inspiration and hope in a messy, confusing world? You’ve come to the right place. Every 1-2 weeks, I will be posting inspirational articles, advice and tips on how to be more resilient. We’ll take a deep dive into …