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Who's Your Favorite Poet: Celebrating National Poetry Month

[fa icon="calendar"] 4/19/19 11:23 AM / by Taylor Kirk

Taylor Kirk

taylor-and-some-teachersWhen you think back on authors and literary works who have impacted the way you see the world, helped change your perspective, or connected you with new ideas and frames of mind; what poems rise to the top? To celebrate National Poetry Month, one of the largest annual literary celebrations in the world, I want to share with you the poetry of Deidra Williams and especially my favorite poem “The Black Woman,” which reminds me of the power, resiliency, and strength of being a black woman.

Exploring My Favorite Poem

One of my favorite lines “The black woman should be loved and protected,” is still as powerful for me each time I read it. “The Black Woman” is one of my favorite poems because it reinforces the idea that black women are deserving of love and protection, an important theme that isn’t always afforded to us in today’s society. It reminds me of the strength of my self-worth and to never sell myself short, even though the world might.

As we get ready to begin Templeton Academy’s first year in Nashville, I am excited to be a part of the school’s founding team and look forward to working together to build a strong, diverse and lasting community together. Templeton Academy is reimaging what education can truly be and we are all dedicated to preparing students to lead successful, engaging lives after graduation.

Nashville is a diverse and growing city which provides a wealth of engaging opportunities to explore and enrich our lives. It’s a great place to share Templeton Academy’s experiential learning model, and next year I look forward to connecting my students to the forgotten heroes of Nashville’s history, including those who are traditionally left out of textbooks. As we explore Nashville and its history together, we’ll meet new writers, poets, and local heroes who have shaped our city, and our lives.

Together, we’ll explore more about people like Z. Alexander Looby, who fought for the desegregation of Nashville schools and Anne Dallas Dudley, who fought for women's equality and empowerment. I teach Humanities and English because I love to travel and these subjects allow you to experience new worlds without leaving home (or the classroom). The study of Humanities is essential to building a diverse world view and it helps connect students with the endless possibilities of who they can be. 

Want to learn more about Templeton Academy's Experiential Learning model? Check out our digital resource, Beyond the Desk: Why Experiential Learning is Crucial at the Middle and High School Level!

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Topics: learning community, Nashville

Taylor Kirk

About Taylor Kirk

Taylor Kirk was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and certifications in both Educational Studies and Educational Policy. She joined the Teach for America Memphis corps and went on the teach ELA in both the public and charter school sector for three years. She moved to Nashville in 2017 where she continued teaching ELA. Taylor’s passions include education and kids discovering their own passions through education!

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