This is a collection of stories. It’s about students, and the teachers caught in their path. Namely, that teacher is me, but I like to pretend that I’m not fighting the fires by myself. I started jotting down these stories in 2003, when I worked first as a substitute, then as a teacher’s assistant, and finally as a full-blown Kindergarten Teacher. I work at a title one school that I adore, with students that I adore. But sometimes, my best laid plans get covered in glue, paint, and poopy underwear. This is the dark side of the crayon.