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  • Stay Classy, NAA

    When I woke up yesterday morning, my head full of "Anchorman" quotes and my purse full of complimentary dinner mints, I was excited to get our first full conference day underway. As an Education Conference & Exposition vet (it's my fourth year, so I know people), I've heard a lot of great speakers, attended many informative education sessions and eaten my body weight in potstickers at various...
  • The 90s Called: They Want Their Power Suits Back

    My first job was helping my dad landscape in the summers, and although he violated many a child labor law (totally kidding Child Protective Services—I was 16, able-bodied and got a free lunch every day), he allowed me to wear whatever I wanted. A t-shirt and shorts? Don’t mind if I do. During my stint as a waitress, I wore khaki pants and a black shirt. The shirt was great, but the khakis were a...
  • Men Crying Among Education Conference Highlights

    With less than a month until NAA’s 2013 Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego, there’s one thing on my mind: fish tacos. And amazing education sessions, of course—but mostly fish tacos. Here are three other reasons I’m excited for June 19-22: 1. Bill Rancic. Yes, Richard Branson is amazing, and a billionaire, and he now has ties to the enviable Kate Winslet, but I’m really looking...
  • Father Knows Best

    My Dad has been a high school English teacher for over 30 years. Naturally, he couldn’t help but teach his own daughter a few things, too. 1. All of life’s answers can be found in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” My Dad is a faithful husband, but if he crossed paths with the 87-year-old author, Harper Lee, I would most likely have a stepmother. He dedicates approximately three months of each school year...

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