Hilltown Families

Embracing Difference Empowers Individuality Although all of my previous posts have dealt with the lessons I learned and taught inside my classroom, some of the most profound moments have come when...

Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose In my classroom, I try to set the example of what I ask of my students. First off, I leave my ego at the door....

Defining Responsibility My ultimate goal as a teacher was to turn teens on to themselves and to guide each of them to their own unique value in this world. One of...

Alchemist – Four Obstacles One of my favorite units to teach to my 11th/12th grade English classes was based on The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. There are so many life enhancing...

Dispelling Fear I’m sitting and basking in the moment as Jenny, a seventeen year old student, performs her final “goodbye” poem for her weekly “spoken word” assignment in my English class:...

Inspiration I can’t believe what I just saw, heard, and experienced. Standing in front of me is a seventeen-year-old young man who, for the longest time, considered himself worthless, dreamless, lifeless....