Category Archives: Education

Kick-off the 2020-21 School Year Virtually: How to Create a Welcome Back Slide Deck for Your Students & Parents

A lot of school districts will be teaching classes remotely to start the 2020-21 school year.  We do not know how long this is going to take, but we have to hit the ground running as we would if we … Continue reading

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Each 1 Teach 1

Contractually, we do have a much needed break.  A true educator, however, is always refreshing content knowledge, and evolving with pedagogy.  Our goal is to make each school year more impactful than the others.  A lot of us complete required … Continue reading

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Lesson Ideas for Online Physical Education

Taking a break from travel and running posts to give an update on what distance learning looks like for the 200 Smootents in my middle school physical education classes.   JCPS KY Non-Traditional Instruction:  It was a challenge to grasp how … Continue reading

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The Little Rock Half Marathon & 5K Recap

The Little Rock, Arkansas race series have been on my radar for quite some time.  They are known for their huge, over-the-top medals and unique race themes. The 2020 theme was “Totally Awesome” as a tribute to the 80s. Training … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Imane

Imane is one of my former Smootents (Ms. Smoot + Students) from Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.  Her family moved from Chad to Louisville, KY in 2007. We met shortly after when Imane was scheduled to my Reading class. … Continue reading

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New Season, who ‘dis?

Fall Break from school called for a quick trip to Florida to visit my parents. The timing was perfect due to a crisis situation regarding my work as a therapeutic foster parent. Sleep has been difficult, and working out has … Continue reading

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Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

The Black Expo in Indianapolis, IN is a celebration of African American culture.  Underserved communities have a one stop shop with over $2,000 worth of free health screenings, job applications, voter registration and supporting black owned businesses. Being in Indianapolis … Continue reading

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Biltmore Estate

The highlight of our Smoky Mountain road trip was taking a tour of the Biltmore Estate.  George Vanderbilt took his inheritance from his father’s railroad and steamboat monopoly and invested in 125,000 acres of land in Asheville, NC.  The Vanderbilts … Continue reading

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Fit & Fabulous

Summer is officially here!  I am excited to near the completion of my capstone project for a certificate in Diversity Literacy from U of L.  This means no more project deadlines, and I can focus on 2018-19 lesson planning. The … Continue reading

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Black Excellence

On May 12, 2018, I was awarded my 2nd Master’s Degree in Education for Teacher Leadership from the University of Louisville.  Upon completion of a capstone project during the summer, I will earn a certificate in Diversity Literacy.  This degree … Continue reading

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