Advice for the melancholy

Veteran teacher Susan Graham blogs under the “TLN brand” at the Teacher Magazine website, where the editors rarely promote their on-board authors in their Blogboard feature, preferring to give some attention to other teacher-writers on the Web. They made an exception last week, though. Here’s what they wrote.

Teacher blogger (and certified night owl) Susan Graham posts a very thoughtful ‘open letter’ to Mildly Melancholy, the young NYC teacher-blogger who – after a wrenching semester – was recently relieved of her position.

The first response to Susan’s post came from Mildly Melancholy herself:

Susan, wow, I am blown away. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words, encouragement, and empathy. I’ve been feeling aimless and directionless, trying to reconcile the potential difference between my past and future, desperate for something positive and hopeful. This letter really helped with that. I really appreciate your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Susan teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at a Virginia middle school. An NBCT with nearly 30 years experience, she often has wise things to say about policy and practice from her Place at the Table.

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