Jim Randels was co-director of Students at the Center, a New Orleans-based writing project that trains high school students to become writing mentors for peers and to use writing as a way to improve their schools and communities. A former New Orleans teacher of the year, Randels was also on the executive council of the United Teachers of New Orleans (AFT Local 527). After Hurricane Katrina, he lived in Clemson, South Carolina. In this opinion blog, he chronicled his efforts to reconstruct the SAC program in absentia and find his way back to New Orleans. This blog is no longer being updated.