Why I Stay

I hope my readers will indulge me with this one.  The Beatles play on vinyl in my earliest memories, and I have always enjoyed the playfulness, surreality and yet wisdom of their lyrics.  On the topic of why I continue to teach… I thought I would try something a little different and mine their songs for insights. 

Roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour

She’s got a ticket to ride
Got a good reason
For taking the easy way out

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog
You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things
Eight days a week

You know I feel alright

Words are flowing out like
Endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.

Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my opened ears
Inciting and inviting me.

Nothing you can do, but you can learn
How to be you in time
It’s easy.

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again.

All you need is love, all you need is love,

Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money when you pay the rent
I’d give you everything I’ve got
For a little peace of mind

I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink
I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink
You’d say I’m putting you on
But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.

Friday night arrives without a suitcase
Sunday morning creeping like a nun
Monday’s child has learned to tie his bootlace
See how they run

Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged

See the people standing there who disagree and never win
And wonder why they don’t get in my door
I’m painting my room in the colourful way
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one

Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

That’s all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that you’ll understand
It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few.
I’ll be writing more in a week or two.

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out

We can work it out
I get by with a little help from my friends
And I do appreciate you being around

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right


Amethyst Hinton Sainz

I currently teach English Language Development at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa Public Schools. I love seeing the incredible growth in my students and being an advocate for them. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult English Language Arts. Before this position I taught high school English in Arizona for 20 years.

My alma maters are Blue Ridge High School and the University of Arizona. My bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Philosophy led me toward the College of Education, and I soon realized that the creative challenges of teaching would fuel me throughout my career. My love of language, literature and culture led me to the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College for my masters in English Literature. I am a fellow with the Southern Arizona Writing Project, and that professional development along with, later, the National Board process, has been the most influential and transformative learning for me. I enjoy teaching students across the spectrum of academic ability, and keeping up with new possibilities for technology in education, as well as exploring more topics in STEM.

In recent years, much of my professional development has focused on teacher leadership, but I feel like I am still searching for exactly what that means for me.

I live in Mesa, Arizona with my family. I enjoy them, as well as my vegetable garden, our backyard chickens, our dachshund Roxy, reading, writing, cooking (but not doing dishes), hiking and camping, and travel, among other things.

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