Good things are going on in Palm Desert. And have been for a while. I kind of grew up in this desert. Came out here straight from college to teach at a new high school called Xavier College Preparatory. It was my first full-time job. I was tasked to teach psychology, coach basketball and golf, and be the utility man/administrative assistant, which included everything from substitution duties to keeping track of student textbooks. It was like jumping into a circus being thrown four flaming sticks and being asked to juggle — when you don’t know how to juggle.
It was overwhelming, but I had the best support a young teacher could have. There was someone asking you about your feelings, someone else helping you with your sub spreadsheet. Someone else making you laugh. Everyone working with mission-driven intensity. Someone always had your back. It was a fellowship. Read More