By Tu Ahn Dinh
Boston, Massachusetts, has a school holiday called “Evacuation Day” (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/03/17/evacuation-day-what-that/l2CpHeGoU7Jf4ePCJ1mWjK/story.html). I learned about it because (ironically) I left New York for the city that celebrates expelling foreigners from its territory!
So, surprise! I left Greenwillow Books after three wonderful, hilarious, enriching years with an imprint I continue to consider as family. Though I miss New York and publishing tremendously, I’m happy to announce that I was accepted into the Boston Teacher Residency, which is a yearlong, full-immersion teaching certification program that will allow me to earn my master’s degree while simultaneously training in a public elementary classroom.
I went through orientation without once participating in trust falls, an activity I have always adored on the grounds of human comedy alone. Despite that, I’m now fully immersed in my first course and I’m very excited (and scared) to see how the rest of the year plays out. Once I have a functioning camera, I’ll try to upload pictures so that you may all enjoy the evolution of my face from youthful to haggard as my responsibilities increase.
Cohort 12 Elementary Teacher
PS: Upon reflection, my only regret is that I left New York just as the ban on small weasels was about to be lifted. Alas.