Reminding teachers of their value

Photo by Luca Nardone

As a new Teach for America corps member in the summer of 2011, I dove headfirst into a crash course in education hosted at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. The 14 hour days of learning, planning, teaching summer school, grading, coaching, reflecting were a grind that I had not anticipated, made even more grueling by the scorching heat and hour-long school bus rides to and from P.S. 86 in the Bronx. I was the type of student who made it through high school and college with bursts of effort at the right times to excel when I needed to…


It’s been a year…

Photo by August de Richelieu

In March 2020 our nation entered lockdown and schools across the country sent students home with packets, Chromebooks, supplies, and no idea that this was “goodbye” for the year. As the reality of the situation set in, it was clear that teachers upended not just their lessons for the next few weeks, but their entire lived-career of delivering instruction to students.

By the end of March, the Herculean task of moving all learning to remote learning led to a societal glorification of the heroism of the teaching profession. We stood among the first responders and healthcare workers in that rarefied…

Daniel Hicks

Principal in Stratford, CT. Born and raised in CT--Grandson, son, brother, and husband to powerful educators.

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