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Get in There

Allison Carmichael

Get in There

Get in There Attending college at Western Michigan allowed me to be close to my Aunt Sandra and Uncle Joe who lived in Kalamazoo. My Aunt and Uncle run a private Pre-k through 8th grade school there affording me a unique opportunity to partner with them while completing my internship hours required through my WMU education college. I even got home cooked meals out of the deal. A young Aunt Sandra and Uncle Joe Over the summers, I’d stay in K-Zoo and work at the local country club picking range balls and caring for the golf carts. I also worked odd...

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The Farmer

Allison Carmichael

The Farmer Vacations when I was a kid were always to visit my grandparent’s farm in central Illinois. We would sometimes go for a weekend, but in the summer we would stay for weeks at a time. Often my parents would drive us kids half way, to the McDonald’s in Watseka or the Casey’s Gas station in Hoopston, where we would switch cars and load up into my grandparent’s Ford to drive the remaining hour to Danville. Danville sits between Champagne, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. This city was once a booming factory town known for being the birthplace of Dick...

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My "WHY"...Now

Allison Carmichael

My “WHY”…Now When Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” came out – I was a total geek about the book. In 2016, as a principal, I shared the book’s ideas with my staff of teachers. I tasked them with looking internally at their “why” for entering the education field. We even used the “Golden Circle” to do some self-discovery. We used the messages from this book to create a theme for the entire school year. We had big hopes that reconnecting to the reasons that we entered the education field would reignite the fire of excitement for learning. It may help...

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Westerns

Allison Carmichael

Westerns

Westerns In 1990 Dances with Wolves came out and was a highly influential film earning the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1991. It earned Kevin Costner Academy Awards as both the Best Actor and the Best Director. It was an emotionally moving film with great historical value as well. By all accounts, this film was memorable. Memorable for me also because I earned a nickname from that movie from my beloved brothers – Tatanka. For those of you who have forgotten or are too young to have seen the film, “Tatanka” is the word for buffalo in the language...

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Bad News

Allison Carmichael

Bad News

Bad News When we were kids my mom made us amazing birthday cakes. One year my mom made my dad a birthday cake that looked like Superman. At the time, aside from the physique (sorry dad) my dad looked a lot like the character. Maybe more the Clark Kent version, but still, he had the black hair that slightly curled across his forehead. Fast forwarding almost 20 years, I also remember coming home for a college break and thinking my dad had transformed before my own eyes from Superman to a grey haired man. It was like I blinked and...

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