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Kathleen R

I currently teach Humanities and Language A English to 6-11th graders at an international school in Germany. I hold a Masters in Educational Technology. In my free time I frolic about the landscape with my Germerican Husband and daughter.

The Letter

On my 40th birthday in the sweltering heat, I cleaned out a classroom that I had help design, taught in, and cherished for over 8 years.  The janitor brought by the giant cart for me so I could toss out all those handouts I thought I needed to save, work […]

The Commencement Speech

Graduation Day: I have been to many of these celebrations.  Some were exhilarating, some sweltering hot, some were so painful I have blotted them from my memory.  They are all bittersweet.  The kids have worked so hard to get there.  You are proud of their achievements and at the same […]

The Dreaded Parent-Teacher Conference

I hate parent-teacher conferences.  Well not the conferences themselves, but the build up.  At the end of a long day of meetings with my students’ parents I always feel uplifted, empowered, and hopeful.  But the week before conferences…..I feel Iike I am awaiting the apocalypse. Why is it always like […]