Monthly Archives: February 2016

While the sun sets

I’ll contemplate the different ways

The rays set us both ablaze

Self imposed exile or

Friendly barter 

Squanto to my Pocahontas 

It’s the tempo of my life

Elements of nature

Connect us all.

Copyright, Maria Castelli, 2016.


You turned the lights out

In my heart

My eyes shut out your brightness 

Inside velvet eyelids 

Interior like quiet, plush blackness

The days stretched on 

Filled with punctuations of joy 

And quiet sadness.

My cheeks were rosy and my eyes sparkled before you

Turned the lights out 
Copyright, Maria Castelli, 2016.

Intangible force

The absence of stillness

The absence of silence

All things in their absences

Dust leveled off the sidewalk 

Dust in my eyes

The tempo of my running dog


Keeping time 

Keeping stride 

Though mine is broken.
Copyright, Maria Castelli, 2016.

Lately all I’ve been posting here on my blog is poetry (thanks to all my new followers!) However, at one point this blog was mainly a journal about my teaching career. 

For the sake of continuity, I felt it was time to update the blog with a post about where I stand in my teaching career.

I was let go from my interim position here in Florida, only about a month after my health benefits started too! And I’d had to wait a probationary period for them to take effect.

That was kind of a bummer, because I have a medical condition and need prescription coverage, if not coverage for doctor office visits. However, losing the job wasn’t altogether bad.

There were some aspects of the job that I liked, but my boss told me that my classroom management with the sixth grade was lacking. Also, between you and me, the “literacy coaches” surrounding me were altogether too ubiquitous and denied me the professional autonomy I’ve fought for, after years in the New York system with tenuous tenure. One day I was fatigued by the constant micromanagement and probably had resting bitch face with the wrong person. (I suspect this is true.)

I don’t blame myself too much because I only started teaching them in November and my forte is high school, not middle school.

The students were mostly off the wall, and I was out of my depth dealing with them, it’s true. Even when I taught 7th and 8th grade over ten years ago at the start of my career, I always hated teaching middle school and 6th grade was, to me, even worse. (9th through 12th is my forte.) 

Plus I ended up moving further away from the job than I’d planned, and the commute was annoying. 

Good things that came out of it were pay (granted, much lower than I’d received in New York, but it was a salary nonetheless), and benefits for about a month. COBRA is available to me if I can afford it, which I haven’t determined yet.

My boss was professional and told me that I can use him in the future as a reference, which is totally helpful.

Also, I received my official state certification in the state of Florida, which may have been fast tracked due to the position. So now I have certification in two states, and it stands me well down here for other opportunities.

I’ve applied to be a substitute teacher in the district where I currently live, hopefully that leads to something good. 

I’ll keep you posted.