Up until now I have avoided going into specifics about where I teach (for obvious reasons), but this year I would be doing a disservice to my school if I didn't pull back the curtain a bit and make this appeal.
I teach at a young, growing public charter high school in Chelsea, MA called Phoenix Charter Academy. We serve students who haven't been successful in school before due to a variety of reasons, most of which would be no surprise to those of us that have been in this business a while. They come from Chelsea, Lynn, Revere, Everett and other areas throughout the greater Boston area. They are supported by an amazing group of educators who are dedicated to giving them the opportunity to go to college and move on to a better life.
If you've learned something from this blog, my book or from corresponding with me that has helped you in your teaching, or even if you just appreciate what I try to do here, I'm making an appeal for your support. We need more teachers, books, support staff, and building repairs and upgrades. Anything you can donate is appreciated. If you want to know more, please contact me and I'll either answer your question or get you in touch with someone who can.
Finally, here's a story that might help convince you: