Chicago, Illinois, USA
December 29
Chicago Public Schools
I'm a high school English teacher who teaches on the South Side of Chicago. I'm from Arkansas. I'm a white lady whose last name is Japanese (thanks to my Japanese Yankee husband). My brother in law says I'm a sitcom waiting to happen. I'm married and have a little girl who is three and a half, and a baby boy who is nineteen months old. I have lost 76 pounds in the last year and a half, and barefoot running is my new obsession. So much to share!


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AUGUST 3, 2011 9:43PM

Hi There, Open Salon

I can't believe I have not blogged in over a year. I have to get back into it. Since my last blog post, I have run two half marathons and a full marathon, had many amazing interactions with my students, survived a new principal, and have gotten through another school year.… Read full post »

After the birth of my son, I decided it was time to get healthy and start taking care of myself. I was taking a long maternity leave, so I had no excuse not to use that time to figure out how to eat properly and learn to love exercising.

Since Hideo's… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2010 9:36AM

AmyFuji Cameos in a Rap Video!

UFB is a hip hop group of recent Chicago high school graduates. Erk G, the young man in the Hollister hoodie, was in my 6th period Senior English class this year. His real name is Aarik, but on the first day of school he told me he wanted to be… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2010 9:20AM

Gotta Get Back on the Wagon

I know I haven't posted in ages, and now the school year is over. But I'm going to try to get back in the habit of posting weekly, about school business and other things, too.

CPS is in dire financial straits and is looking to fire people, so I didn't feel… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2010 11:46AM

Teacher Rant

There seems to be one prevailing attitude regarding teachers. While a few people think we are saints, most people think we are morons who sit around and do nothing but collect a paycheck, and that is why our schools are so bad. We are the welfare moms of the 2010s. It's… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2009 11:18AM



 The new me! With Emiko and Hideo, who aren't impressed.

 Here's the new me, with Emiko and Hideo

I made my Weight Watchers goal almost a month ago. I have been waiting to blog about it until Todd took a good pic of me. He still hasn't done that, so this pic will have to do. I love this … Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2009 3:15PM

Need to Think Happy Thoughts

This student was in my division a couple of years ago for about a month before getting moved into the football division. He always seemed like a nice young man. I would say hi to him in the hallway. I never got any sort of negative vibe from him, but that/…

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OCTOBER 1, 2009 8:40PM

Dunbar Teachers Dance at Homecoming Pep Rally



Just to prove that I often have a good time at work. Each year a group of teachers and staff get together and perform for the homecoming pep rally. We call ourselves the Mighty Divas, since we are the Dunbar Mighty Men and Women. Which… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 11:00AM

This Sums It Up Nicely

 This cartoon made me laugh out loud this morning.

I just want to clarify -- that I do actually love my job most of the time.  More this year than ever before. I don't know if my eight months of maternity leave helped crystallize for me why I'm a teacher, or… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 11:22AM

This Should Not Be Possible

This post makes my post from yesterday seem frivolous. In the grand scheme of things, I have nothing to complain about. Not when things like this keep happening.

A student was beaten to death outside Fenger High School last week. Apparently students were beating on the door of the high school,… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 8:08PM

How I Know I'm Not Dead Inside. . .

It's now the fourth week of school. I am sorry I haven't blogged yet -- I've been meaning to. I am finding it harder to get everything done now that I've got two kids to take care of. I'm not complaining; my kids are amazing and I wouldn't trade them for… Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2009 1:23PM

Annoying Weight Loss Post

One of the things I've been doing this summer is getting in shape. I've hesitated to write about it, because I wanted to make sure I could do it, and because I really, really hate talking about weight loss issues.

But after having Hideo, I realized that I needed to decide what… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2009 11:43AM

Have You Heard About This?

I just finished sending an email to the chancellor of the University of Tennessee in regards to this matter. I can't believe they offered this asshole a full scholarship.

I know I've been terrible about blogging -- I've just been having a lot of fun focusing on Hideo and not doing… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2009 9:22PM

How Senseless Is This?

When is this going to get better? 508???

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MARCH 6, 2009 4:17PM

Addendum to My Post About Why I Work Where I Do

Since my last school post, I've been feeling that I came across as an elitist bitch. Which has been bugging me a lot. It's taken me awhile to update, because I have a fussy baby who likes being held, and it's really hard to type while holding him.

But he's happily sleeping… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2009 12:05PM

This is Why I Work Where I Do

People who are not teachers for Chicago Public Schools often enjoy hearing my horror stories about my job. After one anecdote or another, they inevitably ask why I don't work for a better school. Or they wonder if I have tried to get a job at a better school.  As if… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2009 11:21PM

Shooting Outside Dunbar High School

I have a coworker who texted me about this a couple of hours ago. I am so sick of this crap -- I don't understand when kids are going to stop shooting at each other. I hope and pray that someone will learn something from this, but I don't think that… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2009 1:09PM

Taking Advantage of a Sleeping Baby

OK, I haven't blogged in a bit. I've been distracted! But Hideo is sleeping in his swing, so I am going to try to put something together for your entertainment.

Things are going well baby-wise. Emiko was such a fussy baby her first few months. She would not sleep unless I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2008 4:22PM

Hideo Update

hideo yawn 12-24

Hideo got to come home from the NICU on Christmas Eve afternoon. He is so sweet-tempered -- he sleeps pretty well and is eating really well. I forget how fun it is to have a newborn baby -- but boy it's tiring, too. But I think everyone is adjusting… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 23, 2008 9:01PM

Welcome Hideo!

amy and hideo 12-20

Here is Hideo William -- he was born via c-section at 6:26 am on Saturday, December 20th. He is 6 lbs 10 1/2 oz, and is 19 inches long. And he's super cute. He was a little early, so that's why he has the nasal cannula and feeding tube.… Read full post »

I was going to try to work up through today, since today is the last day of school before Winter Break starts. But we had another big winter storm last night, and decided I did not want to deal with driving in to work in snow and ice. It took me… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 16, 2008 9:48AM

CPS CEO Arne Duncan is Obama's Pick for Education Secretary?

I'm not surprised by this, but I'm not too excited. I really wish President-Elect Obama had consulted me before making this pick.

I'm trying to decide if I want to write a longer post about this. Right now class is about to start. I may get back to you. In the… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 11, 2008 2:46PM

What Makes a Great Teacher?

I read this article by Malcolm Gladwell yesterday, and I found it rather fascinating. It was published in The New Yorker, but I read it online.

I like Malcolm Gladwell -- I heard him speak a few years ago, and he was entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading his new book.… Read full post »

This is a true story, according to my sister. Although I do not remember this. My sister shared this story during her toast to me at my wedding reception. I do not think I've ever laughed so hard in my entire life.

According to my sister, when I was around 9… Read full post »