12/16/2010

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Part of Something Greater <a style="float: left;" href="http://ctamericorps.typepad.com/.a/6a0147e06c54aa970b0147e0cb0209970b-pi"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a0147e06c54aa970b0147e0cb0209970b" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Mohawk" src="http://ctamericorps.typepad.com/.a/6a0147e06c54aa970b0147e0cb0209970b-120wi" alt="Mohawk" /></a> <br />Hey, y'all. Folks call me McKinley “Kin” Sims, but my kids at St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven call me “Coach.” I hail from the great state of Texas by way of the wonderful city/town of Gruver (Pop. 1065) up in the panhandle of the state. I spent the last four years studying History and Religion at the College of William &amp; Mary in Williamsburg, VA (Pop. 3500 during the summer, 8500 during the school year).<br /> <br /> I’m serving my year at a pseudo-parochial school in downtown New Haven, where I teach 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies, coach the basketball team, serve the lunches and sweep the floors. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our school is part of the Nativity Miguel Network of schools, so we focus on educating one child at a time.<br /> <br /> I love it. Even when it's hard- the topic of future posts, to be sure.<br /> <br /> Overall, it’s a far cry from the rural area where I grew up, and it’s a heck of a lot different from the academic powerhouse College of William &amp; Mary. I've gone from spending my free time playing basketball, ultimate Frisbee and the guitar to coaching basketball, explaining why frisbees fly and....still playing guitar. I’m enjoying every minute of my time in Connecticut, and I’m looking forward to becoming a more permanent part of my school’s community as the year progresses!<br /> <br />&nbsp;<br />

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