about the writer

2016-10-31-09-54-52Over the years this blog has evolved and changed its shape and identity several times.  For now, this is the space where I come to explore and share my thoughts on teaching, parenting, reading & writing, and living in general.

I truly love my teaching job. I am an Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College in Maryland. Mostly I teach freshmen composition but also teach ESL and literature. There is too much to say about teaching – what it means, what it involves, how much it hurts and how much joy comes from it, how it makes me feel, or why I do it – but let’s just say that I do it because I’m propelled to do it.

I am also a mother.  I don’t love every minute of it.  Many days, mothering drives me to the brink of insanity just as often as it drives me to maddening joy. But at the end of the day, the smiles of my boys make my heart full and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help these guys become good, decent human beings.

 — Laura Yoo

Why “Mana”?  When my older boy was just 1 or 2 years old, instead of “mommy” he called me “mana.” And it just stuck – in my head and in my heart. I am Mana.

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