…Many scorned us, who saw us come, ragged and nasty with filth; but our hearts remained light with the vision, of our homesteads- free in spacious places; where the sun shines, warm and golden in its crest, and where we, as weary travelers, can finally rest… From “the Exodus” in Sharon Carpenter’s, “Western Cowboy Poetry:Continue reading “Celebrating African-American Cowboy Culture”
Author Archives: Maria Sanelli, Ed.D.
Wanderlust: A New Philosophy of Education?
Where does the want to explore come from? I remember a man looking into my eyes and telling me that he sees that I am a viaggiatrice (Italian for voyager). He said it was the color of my bright blue eyes as they look like the ocean and a look that is a desire toContinue reading “Wanderlust: A New Philosophy of Education?”
2019 Reflections: Seven Lessons for Success
2019 has been transformative. I have had so many new experiences and learned from so many folks. In the following paragraphs, I share what I have learned in 2019 and what my 2020 initiatives will be. My hope is that you might see yourself in some of my writings and share some of your insightsContinue reading “2019 Reflections: Seven Lessons for Success”
What do Captain America and Frederick Douglass Have in Common?
At first glance, this may seem like a silly discussion. After all, how can one of the world’s most significant social justice leaders compare to a comic book hero? What possibly could Frederick Douglass, a 19th century African-American reformer, orator, writer and statesman, have in common with a 20th century patriotically themed superhero whoContinue reading “What do Captain America and Frederick Douglass Have in Common?”
Many voices, one America: A salute to those who protect our freedoms
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. ~John Dewey A few years ago, a man seemed to follow me around a social studies conference repeating himself and saying something about using a series of movies in high school teacher’s classrooms. I courteously smiled and politely exited the conversation. Yes, I teachContinue reading “Many voices, one America: A salute to those who protect our freedoms”
It’s a steeplechase out there! One perspective on a long and successful teaching career
I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart. – Mike Fanelli, former Head Coach of the USA National Track and Field Team A steeplechase is a fun way to race aroundContinue reading “It’s a steeplechase out there! One perspective on a long and successful teaching career”
Dipping My Toes in the Water: Moving Beyond Not Feeling Good Enough
“Put your toes in the water; Let it wash your fears away; Put a bow on a perfect day” Lyrics by StarkRavenMadman Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGUihZQXbiU My 2015 New Years Resolution is to be present and live life with MY intention. Damn, its about time! I have spent the last month racking my brain trying to figure outContinue reading “Dipping My Toes in the Water: Moving Beyond Not Feeling Good Enough”