(Editor’s Note: I originally shared a version of this piece in 2014, and thought it would be appropriate to re-post it today)
One of my favorite bloggers – Alexander Russo — wrote an excellent post several years ago titled Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career .
It’s inspired me to do something similar:
1. The late Johnny Baranski, who invited me to join the Portland (Oregon) Catholic Worker and which led to my spending seven years in the Catholic Worker Movement, including starting a soup kitchen/emergency shelter in Santa Rosa, California.
2. Mary Ochs, who took a chance and hired me for my first job as a community organizer and led to a nineteen-year organizing career.
3. Larry McNeil, who was my first supervisor when I began organizing for the Industrial Areas Foundation and from whom I learned so much.
4. Jay Schenirer, then Sacramento School Board member, who encouraged me to apply for my first (and, so far, only) teaching job — at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento.
5. Ted Appel, former Burbank principal, who hired me sixteen years ago.
6. Kelly Young, who formerly provided literacy consulting to our school and to others, and from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than from anyone else.
7. Katie Hull Sypnieski, Lara Hoekstra and Dana Dusbiber, close teaching colleagues, friends, and co-authors for the past sixteen years.
8. John Norton from Middleweb, who provided very early encouragement to me to begin blogging and writing books.
9. Mary Ann Zehr, who suggested to Education Week that they approach me about writing a column there.
Feel free to share your “thank you’s” to people in the comments, or leave links to blog posts where you do the same….