Last year, sensing that I might be interested in the world of student publications, Mary Kay Downes invited me to attend a journalism conference in Washington, D.C. The conference hosted thousands of students and advisers from every corner of the United States. I decided to attend a session geared towards…


I wrote this story in 2018, my senior year of college. A fellow teacher asked to use the piece as a model for her name narrative unit, in which students analyze the intricacies of their respective names. I think name narratives are a brilliant way to learn more about students…


Many people assume that this year of teaching virtually is extraordinarily difficult. In some ways, those people are correct. I have already written about the difficulties of teaching without seeing students in-person; trying to build relationships with students through chat messages and emails is far from ideal. Don’t even get…


*Before you read further, watch the first 1:20 of this clip:*

Sit back and reflect upon the pure artistry of those 80 seconds. Bask in the brilliance of his words. I’m sure you want to play the clip again from the beginning, and I encourage you to do so…


Perhaps the most enjoyable school day I have experienced thus far this year fell on the unlikeliest of occasions: the day I proctored the SAT.

Let me be very clear: I absolutely despise the SAT. I don’t think a multiple choice test about reading passages and arbitrary math questions says…


*As always, I did not use the real names of the children mentioned in this piece.*

Tomorrow is the first day of school, which officially marks the end of my summer. Like everyone else (hopefully) I spent the bulk of the summertime cooped up inside. Unlike most of my friends…


Note: I wrote this piece in 2016, back when Bryce Harper was still a franchise icon who had captured the hearts of Nationals fans with his otherworldly talents and charisma. He had not yet defected to Philadelphia and missed out on a World Series victory.

If I had to award…


*Author’s note: In an effort to make this piece somewhat readable, I focused on race. The ideas that I discuss in this piece could (and should) easily be applied to issues of gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, etc.*

In recent years, English departments have tried to diversify reading curriculum by incorporating texts…


Earlier this week, Barack Obama released an essay that urged voters to increase turnout at the state and local levels to make change. He stated that while the federal government does wield power over decisions that can support (and inhibit) the progress of Black Lives Matter, state and local governments…


In big bold letters, the papers in front of me read “IOWA TEST OF BASIC SKILLS.” I was nervous. I didn’t really know why I was taking a test on a weekend, but my parents told me to do so and I complied. As a mere second grader, I didn’t…

Luc Nguyen

High school English teacher, amateur wordsmith, and rabid sports fan. W&M alum.

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