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Chapter 2: Getting Off on the Wrong Foot
Getting Off on the Wrong Foot
“So, when are you done today? Not late again, I hope?”
Joan winced at the edge in Larry’s voice. He was still in bed while she was putting the final touches on her teaching attire.
“I’ll try, Larry,” she said carefully. “But I’m not sure. Margaret and I are meeting with the principal to talk about his opening sermon. Remember? I told you about it.”
“Oh, yeah. Rodriguez did his vision thing, and Margaret cut him off at the knees.”
“Not quite,” said Joan, thinking back a few days to the year’s first faculty meeting. She had entered the gathering with measured optimism and excitement. She knew that Jaime wanted to get off on the right foot ...