About Tom McGuire

I'm an English/Social Studies teacher in Austin, Texas. I'm a 2014 grad of the University of Notre Dame, and a 2010 Corvias Foundation Scholarship recipient.

Military Brats: Destined for Stardom?

After watching the trailer for “The Last Jedi” earlier this week, some friends and I started discussing the illustrious career of the actor best known for playing Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill. It wasn’t until we took to Wikipedia to check out his other major roles that I realized that I actually had something in common with Hamill–he, like me and many other Corvias Scholars, is a military brat!

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The Power of Small Acts of Service

A few Wednesdays ago, a group of about fifteen seventh-graders filed into my classroom for the first ever meeting of our school’s “Community Service Committee.” The group was the result of a new effort to give students more opportunities to take on leadership roles in the school, but I knew that quite a few of the students hadn’t exactly leapt at the chance to sign up for community service–instead, they wound up in the committee I’d be advising after their preferred slots in other committees filled up.

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Life as an Army Brat Overseas

When I first arrived in Italy as a ten year old, I was expecting a tidal wave of culture shock. We were heading towards Vicenza, a city outside of Venice, for a three-year assignment with SETAF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and I wasn’t sure I was ready for the Italian experience. I think I envisioned myself riding a gondola on my way home from school, with a quick stop at the piazza after a pick-up soccer game to pick up some spaghetti for dinner.

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