Hi. I’m a high school English Literature teacher in Southern California. I’ve taught for twenty-two years… jeez twenty-two years already. Before that I taught in the HBUHSD I taught at Mayfair HS in Lakewood and at a continuation high school in Bellflower. I love trying new things and challenging my students and my peers to try something new. I believe in the power of renewal.
My blog title is from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Just before Hamlet goes to his certain doom he says:
“Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in
the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to
come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the
readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is’t
to leave betimes, let be.”
This quote inspires me as a teacher, a father, a coach, a husband, a human. All I can do is be prepared with a proper attitude, and face the never ceasing future as it crashes into my present. I make choices and move against the current cause the struggle is where it’s at.
The picture is from one of my favorite bands Minor Threat. Their name speaks of youth, of change and disruption, of hope, and a bit of dramatic irony.
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and reflections, feel free to respond or ask questions.
PS- I write these posts with my brother Joseph (a teacher) and brother Brett (teacher) and brother Justin (teacher) in mind as well as a few other teachers both young and experienced, but my real audience is my son. If for any reason I pass away before my time please feel free to keep this blog alive by linking to specific posts and share this blog with my son so he can hear his father’s voice in his head.
If you are still curious, you can read my About David Theriault page
PS. I love food, sometimes I get a little too excited by free food.
PPS: I’m also working on an alternative to ratemyteacher.com