All posts by David Arenstam

David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at www.BrysonTaylorPublishing.com

The students arrive and the real work begins.

The school buses sat idle for most of the summer, but bright and early this morning, ninth-grade students who live in Saco, Dayton, and Arundel stood sheepishly along the side of the road as they waited for the first bus ride to their new school. Driving to work, I saw more than one parent trying to […]

Teachers and coaches throughout the state are greeted by the heat of summer

It has been a summer for the record books. Yes, the season is short and yes, the calendar always seems to sprint toward September, but at times this past summer, it has been almost unbearably hot and humid. Today was the first day of school for many teachers around the state, myself included. It seems […]

Waiting for the students to fill the hallways and the classrooms to come alive.

Today as I sit in my my empty and quiet room here at school, I’m thinking about the 110-120 new students who’ll soon occupy the seats in my class. I’m thinking about the lessons we’ll talk about during the first week and I’m thinking about my former students. I can’t help but wonder what they are doing as the summer draws to a close.

I am a teacher and it’s time for a new school year to begin.

A love letter to our country courtesy of Senator John McCain

Like most people, I was not surprised by the news of Senator McCain’s death this past Saturday. For the last 13 months, he and his family tried to find the best course of treatment after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. The prognosis was bleak, but he seemed to face this final chapter of his life with […]

Maine Marathon Training – using the Beach to Beacon to test my training program

T his week I’ll be participating in my 19th Beach to Beacon road race. That alone makes me shake my head and wonder about a few things, but here I am ready to head to Cape Elizabeth with approximately 7,000 other runners and participate in a race that at the same time is one part circus, one […]

Maine Marathon Training Week Five – Volunteering and solving the cube root of a 5K run.

This week I’d like to focus on two parts of my training that seem especially helpful at this a stage of the game. As a teacher who recently saw his students for the last time, I now find myself worrying a bit less about my day-to-day schedule and more about the few projects I’d like […]

Maine Marathon training weeks three and four – when life intervenes

For many teachers, the last two weeks of the school year are often the most hectic and stressful weeks on the calendar. For a teacher who is also beginning a marathon training program, the scheduled runs are usually seen as a welcome respite or as just one more task for which there’s just not enough […]

Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students […]