Caroline in the Delta

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Jun 26 2010

You forgot the zero.

The day after my “hardest day” I got this from Auntie Sue, my mom’s best friend since the fifth grade: She loves you so much. She told me when you were little and when I was getting my teaching certificate that she thought of all of her babies, Caroline would be the teacher. She knew!…

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Jun 23 2010

The Longest Day

Though I’m sure I’ll have more and more days to triumph in struggle over this one, today has been my most taxing day I’ve had as a CM. Surprisingly, it has nothing (or very little) to do with the fact that it was my first day teaching an actual lesson. I have eleven students in…

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Jun 20 2010

Teacher’s Eve

As I write, I am in a tank top and skort (!) sitting in the Delta State University student union with my collab (read: collaborative partner; person who is teaching the same group of kids I am during all of institute), melting. It is 101 degrees outside and will likely remain so for the next…

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Jun 15 2010


Today: Woke up at 5am, breakfast, bag lunch, bus. 25 minutes to my school site: 5th and 6th grade Levee-Bowl Academy, which is a fake name we made for two combined counties at my school. We’re the closest school to Institute, with the farthest being just about an hour’s busride away. Long day, minimal (VERY…

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Interview day and the last day of induction. I had two interviews, one for a k-6 elementary school in northern Mississippi whose total school population is about 270 kids & whose principal I immediately felt aligned with. Another for a 4-6 school where I would hypothetically teach technical writing to sixth graders on smart boards…

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Jun 10 2010

the Delta, I’m in it.

Yesterday I woke up at 5:30, folded the last of my laundry, hugged Loren & Auntie goodbye, and moved to Mississippi. The ride was fine, all 14 hours: I tiredly talked on the phone, jammed to Justin Timberlake, and screamed every once in a while. Arriving on campus was a bit too real. When I…

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Jun 07 2010


For all those inquiring, my address from June 8 through July 17 is as follows: Caroline Lampinen / Corps Member c/o Teach For America – MS Delta Delta State University Box B4 1003 West Sunflower Road Cleveland, MS 38733 Make sure you include the “/ Corps Member” or “/CM” !!

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Jun 05 2010

Second Observation

Today I went to Kalamazoo Christian Middle School to watch Adam’s last 8th grade class of the year. I am so glad I went. Though religion and I do not have a very well defined relationship, I love spiritual experiences, lessons, morals and values. I love learning about religion and personal convictions, and am excited…

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Jun 04 2010

Last Minute Miracle

There are two school days left until I leave, physically leave, for training. Once I wrote that I did not think I could get the second observation, I gave up. Jill commented on that post, giving me names of Kalamazoo Public School employees that I can get in touch with, and today I was about…

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