The Mistify Girls

The story I’m about to share with you is true. It’s also a perfect illustration of why I cherish what I do. It was late January and still quite chilly when I arrived at South Elementary School in Mooresville, North Carolina. There I was enthusiastically welcomed by...

Going Awry

Audio version: https://soundcloud.com/critterkin-jena/going-awry How many of you have direct experience with of the old adage, “The best made plans of mice and men often go awry?” When it comes to teaching, I think that saying should be changed to read, “The best made...

Becoming Ms. Jenaia

Simply put, there is nothing like it. Dressed in baggy overalls stuffed with tennis balls, poop bags, dog treats and leashes, I’m sitting on a folding chair in front of 45 six to eight year olds. The kids are sitting cross-legged on the floor, their eyes glued to my...

For Love of Oscar

  This past week has been a singularly stressful and eye opening one. First, my kitty jumped from my second floor balcony and disappeared into the apartment complex’s storm drains. Then, hundreds of people went out of their way to help me rescue him. Some...