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Day 28- The Teacher Crush

When I was a junior at Norwalk High, I developed a crush on my engineering/physics teacher. 

Don’t judge me. 

We all have, at one point or another, had crushes on at least one of our teachers.  

Here’s…

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Day 27- Drugs

Today I was assigned to a social science class at Norwalk High School. 

Funny thing is, the classroom I am in looks and feels strangely similar to the AP Spanish class I was taking my senior year before I…

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Day 21- The Vegan Sub

Back in the day, when I first began subbing, the question, “What’s a vegan?” and “Why are you a vegan?” would often come up. If my kids noticed I wasn’t eating meat, I would share my dietary choices, but not…

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Day 13: Commitment

One of my biggest flaws is my struggle to commit to a project/task/goal all the way to its completion. 

Subbing helped me overcome that fear of commitment in many ways. 

Gradually, I have gone from being a day-to-day…

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Day 12 Pt 2: Love Addiction

My last long-term assignment before the one I am currently serving was at San Pedro High School’s Olguin campus. 

I was teaching a moderate to severe level of special education students, which meant that these students were teenagers or…

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Day 10/12: Sexual Transmutation

 

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been single for over a year now. 

I decided to abruptly focus on working on myself, and I completely overhauled my relationship, living arrangements and moved several cities away from…

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Day 9- Mixing Business with Pleasure

For as long as I’ve been a sub, I’ve never been attracted to any of my colleagues. I have always simply seen them as neutered public servants, no matter how cute they have been. In fact, I’ve had students poke…

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Day 8- Codependence

Day 8- Support 

I’ve been a caregiver for most, if not all of my life. 

I was the eldest of 6 siblings, all boys. 

My mom was a stay-at-home mom, which is a nice way of saying…

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Day 6/7- Election Day

It's election day, and not just any kind of election: it's midterms.  
Which means that we've had president Trump in office for two years now, and this election can serve as a referendum on his white house.   
So far, more…

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Day 5- Confidence

n“Ms. Cervantes, what are you doing here?” 

“Are you famous, Ms.?” 

“Can I get your autograph?” 

“Wow! Thank you for singing for us! Best sub ever!” 

“You should try out for The Voice/American Idol, Ms. Cervantes…

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Day 4- Sexual Harrasment

 

One of the most challenging things I’ve had to deal with as both a singer and a sub has been negotiating with my sexuality in a way that serves only to empower me. 

For a while, I used…