“Everyday I was checking my email, [thinking] ‘Oh, they’re not going to pick me,’” she said.
In June, Sweeting got word that she had been chosen.
“I have the opportunity to meet with the dignitaries of the Library. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet my Congressman ... which was a big deal for me,” she said.
Meeting Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) motivated Sweeting to begin blogging about ways to bring Congress into the classroom. She works with a research staff to post twice a week. The blog has become an outlet for reaching out to other teachers who provide feedback to her on various ideas.
But the blog represents only a small portion of Sweeting’s LOC duties. Her primary task is “to ensure that the materials that are provided for the teachers in the classroom are authentic and realistic.”
“You are expected to be involved with the planning and the delivery of workshops and resources and online resources that are available for teachers,” she said.
In the course of “spirited conversations,” Sweeting makes her case from a teacher’s perspective about what methods do and don’t work for educating students.
“I’m there to give the [LOC] team, I guess, a reality check,” she said.
Sweeting is already thinking about how to detail the experience for students when she returns to P.S. 153 next fall.
“My students in the past have always known me to be this teacher with wild and crazy ideas. I’ve always taken my personal experiences and brought them to the classroom,” she said.
Roll Call has launched a new feature, Hill Navigator, to advise congressional staffers and would-be staffers on how to manage workplace issues on Capitol Hill. Please send us your questions anything from office etiquette, to handling awkward moments, to what happens when the work life gets too personal. Submissions will be treated anonymously.