What Had Happened Scholarship

What Had Happened Scholarship

“You can pay for me.” Me: What’s that? Student: You can pay for me. Number seven on your bucket list…”pay for a student’s entire college tuition.” I’m a student. I’m your student. So like I said Neums, you can pay for me. Since I began my teaching career in 2006, the idea of paying for […]

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#PopeFamily

Recently (05.21.2014), three English teachers (aka The Noble Gases) from Pope High School spoke to the graduating class of 2014 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. The names of these teachers, in no particular order, are: Sara Register, Brendan Widness, and Me (Ryan Neumann). Sara Register, an advocate for tomfoolery and all things funny, has been […]

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Dreams Demurred

Dreams Demurred

Student: If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be? Me: (stalling) Yikes. That’s kind of a heavy question for a Friday afternoon, isn’t it? To be exact, it’s the Friday afternoon before Spring Break in Metro Atlanta. Seventh period. Last class of the day. A few students from the […]

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Called to Action

Called to Action

You never answered my question. Me: The one from the other day? Student: Yeah. (insert silence) Student: So…when did you decide? Me: That I wanted to be an English teacher? Or what I wanted to do with my life? Because those are two very different questions. Student: Uh, let’s go with the first one. When’d […]

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Senioritis

Senioritis

Senioritis is a crippling disease that consumes most high school seniors. Symptoms include laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. It also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude towards any person, place, or thing that resembles authority, responsibility, or unwanted obligation. Side […]

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