I’m practicing restraint. I’m practicing discipline. The first week of virtual school finished yesterday and I survived it. There were some things that didn’t go the way that I hoped, but most things actually went very well. Despite my students not being excited about online learning — nor were they appropriately prepared for it — some students were still very engaged and were putting forth lots of effort. We got through it. I have a lot to do but I’m also taking time to do some things for myself today. For example, I got out of bed and I started…


On doing what you LOVE

Almost five years ago, I started working as a charter school teacher at a Brooklyn middle school in Brownsville. I was excited to get into the classroom and start shaping young minds into the next generation of sociologists, scientists, black business owners, and diplomats. Everything happened so quickly from the moment I was referred by a junior high school friend to the on-the-spot offer made to me in late June of 2015. The principal and deans were impressed with my social justice lesson that unpacked inherent bias in America by comparing the tone of media…


This shit is a roller coaster and some days I want to give up: I saw an IG story of a friend of mine, who captured one of her students running around the school gym during a basketball game in her coat and it automatically reminded me of the days that my students would take my long “fur” coat or my scarf or my phone — anything that belonged to me, honestly, and wear it proudly around the classroom or around the school as if it were their own. …


I chose to “go natural” almost nine years ago before leaving for my first study abroad experience in Seoul, South Korea. I was a rising senior at Lehman College, almost finished with all of my graduation requirements and felt like it was time to do something that seemed both insane and terrifying. Globe trotting wasn’t necessarily something that we discussed normally around the dinner table when I was growing up so the concept of leaving the hemisphere and going to a country that I perceived to have a culture and customs drastically different from my own felt extremely unfamiliar and…

Carla W.

Brooklyn native. Caribbean. Learning strategic resistance…because peace. All black lives matter, always..

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