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Reflections on My First Month of Teaching with Bell's Palsy

A day before I started teaching I found out I had Bell’s Palsy. Basically, the right side of my face was paralyzed.

In 2005 I stepped into my first classroom as an official high school English teacher. Having survived the usual trials and tribulations of student teaching, non-invasive background checks, and a lengthy Los Angeles commute (is there any other kind?), I was thrilled to teach students in my classroom. I was going to be the next Jaime Escalante or that lady from Freedom Writers. Of course that’s not really how things went down.

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