It was the fall of 2008, and we had just started our first year of teaching together. Mel had just cut off her long locks for a shorter, “cute new teacher” bob. Gerdy’s hair was like a lion’s mane, fierce to match her teaching style (she’s gonna kill me later for writing this). Anyhow, we were so excited to begin our journey together from mentor and student teacher to (yay!) colleagues. We signed up for all kinds of opportunities – two memorable experiences we had the chance to participate in were the Jones New York Teacher in the Spotlight fashion show and this incredible opportunity – to fly with other math and science teachers on the Zero G “Vomit Comet” plane and experience weightlessness.
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