2011 in Photos

I thought I’d start this year’s wrap-up with a quote from last year’s final post: “My biggest goal for 2011? Make it to North Carolina. I’ve been saying it for years, and this is my year to finally get there.” (To view last year’s post, click here.)

Joining Teach for America and being placed in North Carolina wasn’t my original plan to reach this goal, but either way, I’m happy to have accomplished my biggest goal of 2011!

Big things in 2011:

• Deciding to apply for TFA on my 22nd birthday, and being accepted in April
• Syracuse graduation ceremony
• Spending the summer in Mississippi. This was my first extended period of time somewhere other than the Northeast, and it was an important experience to see how people live in another part of the country. I made some wonderful friends, learned a lot about teaching and myself, and it was also my first time being in a time zone other than EST, which was cool!
• Having my placement changed to K-4 Art. I wouldn’t have changed my placement of U.S. History over the summer for the world. My CMA, CMA group, and students were such an integral part of how much I learned as a teacher, and surviving/loving Institute. But for me, being switched to art solidified that joining TFA and moving to ENC was the right thing.
• Getting my first place in North Carolina. Great roommates, in-ground pool, close to Wal-Mart. Not too shabby.

Even though I love teaching, my biggest goal of 2012 is to stop neglecting my photography. I think I did a great job keeping up with it at Institute, both documenting my experience and taking portraits, but I’ve hardly taken any photos in North Carolina. That’s going to change in 2012. I want to take more photos of my students, what I’m doing for fun, and get my name out there for portraits and weddings.

Other resolutions:
• Decorate my house more through DIY projects
• Teach my kids more technical drawing skills and steer away from craft-based projects
• Spend more time exploring North Carolina
• Donate blood regularly

Ok, ok. For those of you solely interested in the photos, here they are. I’d be interested to hear in the comments if anyone had a favorite photo that I did not include.

First week in the Mississippi Delta. Getting on the bus at 5:55 was rough that first week, but the sunrises were beautiful. I’m sure I made great first impressions snapping photos while everyone tried to sleep.

Mr. Steve, best bus driver ever. It didn’t hurt that he drove the only air conditioned bus.


Weldon Elementary Football Game

I’ve really been missing weddings lately. Wondering why I decided to move to North Carolina to teach art at an elementary school in the middle of nowhere instead of going straight into photography. But then I went to my kids’ football game this morning, and they were all so excited to see me there. If you’ve never seen 8 year olds play tackle football, it’s probably the cutest thing ever. I still miss weddings, but photographing the game today was really fun, and I’m realizing that I have the opportunity to practice different kinds of photography here, and I just need to start taking advantage of it.

Here are a few of my shots from the game. This is really only the second time I’ve tried sports photography, and I don’t have the best lenses for it, but I like a few of them. Hopefully I’ll get better as the season goes on. Final score: WES – 20, Halifax Academy – 8