Monday, January 1, 2001

About Moi

I'm a high school journalism teacher with almost 17 years down the tube in a second career. I have a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master's Degree in Urban Affairs. Strange bedfellows, yes, but somehow I make it work.

I was an "ink-stained wretch" at two daily newspapers and worked in politics before I got this high school gig. One neat bit of Mrs. Scribe Trivia? When I was 21, I interned in NYC for Cosmo and the Legendary Helen Gurley Brown. I should write about that sometime, shouldn't I?

Room 215 is my kingdom. I'm just like the proverbial "fly on the wall." My own daughters have said that I'm the mom you can't slip anything past. My students keep me young, and I'm working right now in the best job I've ever had, even though as a journalist I visited six continents and dozens of countries. By conservative estimates, I've had about 2,500 students come through my classroom door and learn a little something from me over the years.

Let's Our Humble High School, which just so happens to be located in Suburban DC, I notice trends, I advise my journalistas and I pretty much watch the world go by. I'm adviser to two mega-award-winning scholastic publications ~ one student-run newspaper and one student-run yearbook ~ plus I teach AP English Language & Composition.

My fall is hectic, my winter is worse, my spring is fraught with nervous seniors almost ready for college but not yet sick enough of high school to leave the nest...just yet. Plus, I have the joy of picking the new staffs every May. If you see me pulling out my curly blond locks any time around May 15, it's because I Just. Don't. Want. To. See. Anyone. Cry!

Summers, however, are the best of times. My two Ellas ~ Una y Dos ~ hang around sometimes, and I get to sleep late and read...two of my favorite pastimes.

Music=Beatles all the way! Plus I love Mary Chapin Carpenter. Otherwise, I'm eclectic, and my iPod features a little bit o' everything, from Tammy Wynette to Ludacris.

Books=Anything and everything. I'm still steamed after reading The 9-11 Report. The Opposite of Fate, by Amy Tan and In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, are my Bibles.

Politics=As a professional journalist, I was leary of any and all politicians. I have a penchant for liking Bush the Elder, while pretty much detesting Bush the Younger. The New Guy, BO (unfortunate initials, those), has been a disappointment to me, so far. I do need my daily political fix or I feel undernourished. Yeah, typical Inside the Beltway type, except that I live and work Outside the Beltway.

I like to cook, I love to eat, and travel is my "thing." I garden, sometimes swim, and follow those perennial losers, The Washington Nationals, with a quasi-passion. BTW, I call them The Gnats. But give me a good book and a great beach ~ particularly at The OBX ~ and I'll be set for life.

I keep threatening to retire, but don't know what I'd do without my students, whom I call my "cherubs". And I guess you should know that this blog, The Scholastic Scribe, is dedicated to My Dear Family: Mr. Fairway, Ella Numera Una and Ella Numera Dos.


Ribbon said...

That's a good read.
Nice to meet you...

best wishes
Ribbon :-)

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Raising Z said...

My degree in Zoology led me to teach Elementary School. It is funny how some people never mean to be teachers but end up there and it is the job that was meant for them. I am out on a very long maternity leave at the moment but know I will go back once my little peanuts are ready :) I'm really enjoying your blog so far.

PJ said...

admire women like you. I mean enough drive to gety yourself somewhere. When I was in highschool, I thought seriously about going to college for journalism or broadcasting. I use to enjoy writing. I won a national essay contest when I was a Junior which took me to Canada for a week. I loved it. I also thought about broadcast journalism because I love to talk. Anyway, neither came to pass. I quit school 3 months shy of graduation, got married, and moved from El Paso, Texas to Ft. Monmouth NJ. I'm curious can you tell me what part of Texas you hail from? I look forward to getting to know you better. I hope you stop by my blog and chat awhile.


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Bethany said...

Love your posts and found even your About Me to be a blast to read. I teach high school English in Alabama and seem have the same spirit in my classroom as you. I can't wait to read more. Happy New Year!

Lita C. Malicdem said...

My first time to read an "About Me" box in a full blown blog itself. How did you do that? It's really nice, no space left idle here. And I love Ms. Scribe's bling on the sidebar, too. You deserve more than those awards, more will come to you soon because you write brilliantly.

Emma said...

Returning your SITS visit! You've had an interesting career. I dabbled in teaching and know how much energy that requires. Bravo to you!

Jenny said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a teacher as well and can't wait to catch up on your blog!


BECKY said...

Hi! Just popped over to say hello, after I read your comment on my blog! I LOVE your blog! I definitely think we're gonna be Blog Sistas!

Saucy B said...

My mom just retired from teaching the 4th grade. She loved it to the end. It's a tough job that people do not appreciate enough.

Thanks for stopping by today. :-)

Victoria said...

I love your sassiness and your open-mindedness. Refreshing.

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Lindsay {Designer Wife} said...

I love reading a great bio. So excited to read around your blog some more - and yes, you must write about your NYC internship sometime! :)


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Steve said...

Hi Mrs. Scribe,

I know this may seem a bit odd (especially in the comments but I couldn't find a contact form or email address), but I came across your site this morning, and finally mustered up the courage to contact you.

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If you're open to the idea, I would be interested in opening an early
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