Welcome to my class!

You are about to read a diary like no other.  If you are just joining my class, read the preface first and be sure to read the weeks in chronological order. There are some amazing stories ahead.  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a teacher in a high poverty school, if you love and believe in a child that is not your own, if you root for public school, but are confused why it doesn’t always work, then you need to read this. I hold nothing back, so you’ll experience it all.  Follow this blog and tune in every week to journey the entire year with me.

Take your seat, and get ready to learn.

–Agnes Astor, teacher


I have tried to recreate events, locales and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain their anonymity in all instances I have changed the names of individuals and places, identifying characteristics and details such as physical properties, occupations and places of residence.