Author Archives: AGom

New Blog

Hello dear readers, Though I took a hiatus from using my Growing Up in America platform as an active writing space last year, I am still blogging. If you have the time and interest, my current writing can be found … Continue reading

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Wild and Precious Life

When I heard the news, I was standing on the white waxed tiles of a second grade classroom–fighting the familiar sheen of summer sweat as I imagined 7 year old children filing in the door with backpacks and questions and … Continue reading

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An Education of Villages and Artwork

We pull off of a rural gravel road  into the parking lot of Prairie Creek Community School, sensing the joy as soon as we open our car doors and swing our sandaled feet into the dust. Beneath suspended solar panels, … Continue reading

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Co-Teaching Campus Ecology

On April 22nd, fourteen St. Olaf students assemble themselves into two neat rows–fidgeting as they take their seats beside the blonde wood of the Boe Memorial Chapel pulpit. Several of these young men and women have never attended a religious … Continue reading

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Teaching “Precious Knowledge”

Looking into the tear-streaked faces of four Arizona high school students projected on a college auditorium screen this evening, I felt a now familiar wave of tingling inspiration. As has been true in so many of these instances, I also … Continue reading

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Be the Change: Visiting Hiawatha Leadership Academy

Lined up beside a staircase made of cream-colored brick, a dozen children wore shirts of blue, green and maroon. “I seek to understand,” “I am the change,” and “I’m 100% HEART” printed in crisp white font across their backs. On … Continue reading

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Office Space and a CSA: Visiting Arcadia Charter School

Walking into Arcadia High School in Northfield, MN, the administrative desk and row of “waiting room” chairs flows seamlessly into a library of diverse fiction books. I grasped a pen capped with an artificial tulip and signed myself in as … Continue reading

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