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If you’re keeping up with my story, you know that, until recently, I was a high school English teacher who recently turned Digital Learning Coach. I support two elementary schools now.

But for the last two days, I’ve been back at the high school for a training. I was so excited to spend two days in the building I called home for five years. I couldn’t wait to go back.

As I walked down the hall yesterday, it felt like I was in a different world, like I left the high school five years ago instead of four months ago. There is a new principal. About a third of the teachers are new to the school. 815 seniors left in June to be replaced by even more freshmen I’ve never met. Just walking down the hall, it felt like I saw more strangers than friends.

It hurt. It was hard.

I couldn’t help but feel a little small and a lot sad to realize that I’m really not part of a place that is so special to me.

When I walked into classrooms, I found my people: Many of the teachers who loved on me, challenged me,…

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