#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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It’s Nice to be Nice

It’s Nice to be Nice

This is the best thank you letter I’ve ever received. Ever. [written before now. begin letter] Dear Mr. Neumann, As my summer continues on I have been meaning to write you this letter. I have just finished watching “American Teacher” on Netflix and I highly recommend it. This is an attempt to thank you for all […]

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