Hello and welcome to Lesson Plans and Pretty Dresses! I’m so glad you decided to stop by. First things first: I can’t sing, dance, or clap on beat, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try. My name is Carla McCraw and I am a middle school English teacher in Houston, Texas. I have been teaching for 20 years. Wow, 20 years! That sounds like a long time–and it is. It seems like yesterday when Mr. Lucius Guillory was interviewing me for the position of reading teacher at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School. I got the job. I didn’t want the job, but I took it (I had student loans to pay). That turned out to be a very hard year for me. I was young, fresh out of school, unsure of myself, and I was thrown into a school of over 100 middle school students.
There was nothing I could teach the 8th graders. They were the “leaders” of the school, they knew everything (of course the didn’t), and I was not the teacher they were used to. There was nothing I could teach the 7th graders because–well because they were 7th graders. And then there were the 6th graders. The 6th graders loved Ms. McCraw! They thought I was pretty. They thought I was their big sister or aunt. They thought I wore pretty shoes and pretty dresses. They did everything I asked and more. I couldn’t wait for the end of the day when they came to my class. I still love and welcome 6th graders because they first loved and welcomed me.
Over the years, I have had thousands of students. They come back to visit every now and then. It’s always a pleasure to see the young ladies and young men that they have become. Sometimes, they bring their children to meet me. That’s always a joy for me to see that once little middle school student is now a parent. On occasion I may hear that a former student has gone down the wrong path. I say a prayer for them and ask God to guide them safely back to his loving arms.
Now, every now and then I leave Room 30 to have a little fun with family, friends, and sisters. That’s enough about me. I hope you enjoy my blog. I hope you visit often and be gentle and with your comments.