Profile Name: Hali Metelak
Year: 2009-2010
District: Los Angeles Unified School District
School: VISTA MS
Grades Taught: 6-8
Subjects Taught: Reading
Email: whm5240@lausd.net
Additional Info: A parent writes: "Ms. Metelak gives up her time for all of those kids to learn something new every day."

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Perspective 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:43:00 PM

Two weeks and one bout of the flu later, and I am back in the swing of things.  Who would've thought that getting up and going to work everyday would be so much fun?  Nothing like a life-threatening illness to add a little perspective to everyday life.  But seriously...The weekend following my first week back in the classroom, I received a random email from a former student.  Here is an excerpt from this email:

"I have the book Love, Stargirl sitting on my shelf and I look at at it every night and think about you and my days in middle school and how you have this power to change a person. It's like if you're a Nanny Mcphee; when we need you but don't want you, you stay. When we no longer need you but want you, you go or better yet we go." """""...ccv

Wow!  I can't tell you how many times I have reread (and reread and reread) these words.  Talk about perspective!

The Adventure Begins... 

Thursday, January 06, 2011 11:55:00 PM

Monday, January 10, 2011, will mark my return to room A203, exactly two months after finishing my final round of chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  While other teachers return from a (hopefully) relaxing Winter Break to the familiar faces of students who have finally mastered classroom routines, I will step into a classroom for the first time in seven months and be greeted by strangers who will test me like only middle school students can.  I've done more planning these past few months than I ever thought possible, and I'm more organized than I ever imagined--I just created a menu for next week's meals--and yet nervous excitment and anticipation of what's to come continue to fill my thoughts.  This is (now the middle of) my 10th year teaching, and in many ways it feels like my first.  I hope this teaching thing is like riding a bike.

Welcome to my journey.