Friday, August 17, 2012

Back to School Special: Pink Polka Dots

Shirt: Marshalls
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Soda 
Faux Pearls Earrings: ?
Photographer: EJ my co-worker’s daughter

How was your week? I went back to work on Tuesday. For those of you who don’t know I’m a teacher for now. Once upon a time I was in grad school pursuing a PhD to move on from the bondage of being told year after year what an exceptional teacher I am but yet never compensated financially or promoted within my district. Today parents and students came to pick up schedules and find their classes. We were asked to dress casual but work appropriate. One of my co-workers interpreted this to mean her teenage daughter’s shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt.  Sometimes I feel like I’m overdressed for the classroom O.O!

Before you give me the appreciate you have a job speech, let me first say that I am a darn good teacher. Matter of fact, I’m a great teacher. I love reading. I’m a book worm but I’m burned out. Over it. I am READY for God to grant me that way to escape. #sayaprayerforme

Those of you who have been with me on this journey since the blog’s inception know that I’m passionate about our students receiving the best education that will ensure they can compete in today’s world. Well that’s not what we are offering them. It is becoming harder and harder to be a rule breaker to do what I know is best for my students with the mandates coming down from politicians yearly that take all the love and care out of being with teenagers who are more than robots taking standardized tests.

I worry about my own son being prepared for high school and he’s in a large district with great programs from IB to AP and magnet schools. Yet the type of education he receives is dependent upon a school’s letter grade based on FCAT scores and all the other assessments our students have to take yearly. This career isn’t as glamours as it appears because we have two months off.

Please take time to know what curriculum your child(ren) will receive. What is the highest standard for their next level in education be it elementary school to middle or high school to college. Having an A in a course means nothing if the student doesn’t acquire a skill he or she can use/demonstrate. Take your kids to the library. Ensure they are reading grade level/lexile appropriate books.

I’m still hopeful that I will be able to live up to the nickname my Granny gave me. She called me her “College Girl” and I want to finish college someday and be in a better position to help those students who are struggling with more than academics. In the meantime, I am asking that you do your part as a parent and hold your child(ren) accountable as well as the teacher/s, administrators and policy makers.


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I am so in love with these wedges. I picked them up a week ago and couldn't wait to wear them. For a whopping $30, I left a shoe store that I checked out for the first time with a shoe sold to me by a former student I taught 5 years ago. Can you believe that? We kept staring at each other and finally started asking questions. I am so proud that Student J turned out ok. 

If you follow me in Instagram you konw my pedi was inspired by the school's floor. What do you think of the color combo? If you are intersted in these shoes, you can check out the store online at I haven't visited the site so let me know what you find. 

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Unknown said...

You didn't mention it, but I love your pedicure! #BLMGirls

Miss Dre said...

First of all, thank you for your thoughts on parents being more aware of the quality of education our children receive. It's something I needed to hear. My children were both part of a new curriculum last year and while I was mostly concerned with their grades & performance in the program, I should have been more concerned with the structure of the program itself. Would it help them in the long run? I didn't take the time to compare it to other programs, either. But this is a new year and I will do better. I appreciate you sharing from a teacher's perspective as well.

Also, you look great! I love the polka dots and the high-low cut of your shirt. And I'm loving the wedges!!

Creative move on the pedi. It's amazing what things inspire us to create :-)


Unknown said...

Hey, I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed on any occasion! Keep doing what you must to push yourself to be great (er)!

Tyra said...

I know the frustration you're talking about first hand. I hate it when people say "it's all about the kids". It is about making sure that kids learn what they need academically and socially/behaviorally, so it's important that the adults in the school building make the choices that ensure that they do.

But it's not JUST about the kids. I feel like people say that as an excuse to treat teachers as anything other than the professionals we are. If teachers don't feel supported, trusted, compensated, acknowledged, whatever the word; burn out sets in and once it sets in it's debilitating.

Hang in there, take care of yourself, keep smiling, and keep praying

YoyosFashions said...

As a parent I support everything your saying. I say it all the time supput the teachers!! Keep up the good work you are very positive and caring wish my daughters had teachers more like you. By the way love the outfit. That shirt!!

Unknown said...

First of all, I commend you for being a great teacher because that is what many school systems are lacking these days. I love the message you wrote into this post Kerissa and although I am not a parent I do try to encourage any family or friends I know to put in the time to assist in making sure that they understanding as well as learning what they need to help them succeed in this life now a days.

Your outfit choice was great and I love the polka dot top!!! The shoes are very cute too, and I did check out the site, nothing is on there as of yet....will be revisiting though.

LV said...

I love your outfit. Polka dots always make me happy:-) I really appreciate and admire your dedication to children getting a great education. My son is 5 and I am always concerned when I see where things are headed with education appearing to be the lowest priority with our lawmakers. It means parents have to get more involved with their children's education and not put the burden on the teachers to do things parents should be doing.

Kerissa said...

Hi Ebony, no but I did on IG. It was inspired by the schools hallway floors. Yep, that's inspiration anywhere :)

Kerissa said...

Miss Dre if one parent receives the message the post did the job! Be involved. Don't go away. Sad but true nothing but testing matters but it doesn't have to if you prepare your children WELL.
I can't get enough of these wedges. Love them! I'm starting to like wedges more than heels. Changing :)
Blogging teaches you to keep your eyes open yup be inspired.

LA Lynn's said...

Hmmm... I am sooo doing my pedi like this! HA!


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