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Vin Testa
Vin Testa is originally from Wallingford, Conn., and graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. He is currently a high school math teacher at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C. A truly devoted educator, Vin will receive his master's degree in special education with a focus on learning disabilities from American University in 2014. Aside from teaching, he is one of the original LGBTQ Liaisons who were placed in D.C. public schools last year. Vin has been dancing since the age of 4 and hopes to continue cultivating that passion in the coming years. He enjoys traveling around the world and has volunteered at the Flying Kites Children's Center in Kenya every summer for four years. He recently became the proud father of a redtick coonhound named Sally.

Entries by Vin Testa

In the Words of the Beatles, 'Help!'

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:59 PM

I worry about my generation. Outside of all the chaos and destruction in the world, I worry about my generation's sense of entitlement and lack of desire to learn from, or about, its history. I was driving in my car yesterday, having recently downloaded Kanye West's new song featuring Sir...

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'The Real Teachers of America,' Coming Up Never, on Bravo

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Mefloquine is no joke. Though its purpose is to prevent me from getting malaria while on my 3-week trip to Kenya to volunteer at a children's home, I have found that it has provided me with enough crazy dreams to inspire a post.

Last night's dream included my being driven...

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We're Now Congratulating Common Sense

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:11 PM

This evening, we celebrate common sense. We celebrate a governor's ability to listen to everyone, even Mitt Romney, and veto a bill that would allow discrimination in its truest form. But why are we celebrating? Sure, it's a victory in the smallest sense of the word, but is it worth...

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The Importance of Straight Men in a Gay Man's Life

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:57 PM

The other day, I reconnected with a friend of mine from high school; he was two years behind me in school, so we lost touch after my first year of college. I told him that with the holidays coming, we should get together and catch up; he agreed and invited...

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Hey Mom and Dad, It's Me, the Son You're Proud of for Being a Teacher... Listen, I May Need to Borrow Some Cash

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Screaming at the computer as I read article after article has not been helping. Venting to my co-workers about the situation hasn't been doing much for me either. I would attend a political rally on the steps of the Capitol, but I happen to have a job that has not...

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I'd Also Like to Tell You What I Make...

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:52 PM

A few years ago, Taylor Mali became a viral superstar with his poem "What Teachers Make" (if you haven't watched, do so immediately). The first time I saw his performance of the poem, I was a college student finishing up a degree in Secondary Education and it reestablished...

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The Flag Waves On: How I Unexpectedly Became the Face of the Marriage Equality Movement Last Week

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:37 PM

I woke up a little before 8 a.m. on Monday, June 24, did my normal social media creeping and caught up on the latest news. I came across a story about the Supreme Court convening to decide on 11 cases before they dismissed for a summer break; two of these...

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