I've found that nightclub bartending and middle school teaching are not so different. I believe the revolution will be ungraded, student-led, and sponsored by advertising for good.
This year I am teaching 6th grade Humanities, serving my second year as a Washington State Teacher Leader, and I am so excited to have been recently invited to become a part of TED-Ed's third cohort of Innovative Educators.
I am psyched to be a part of these energized and curious teams. Together we're instigating conversations about equity in schools, spreading the word about inquiry-inspired learning, and advocating for teacher voice. Teachers are some of my favorite people.
Before I became a teacher I was a bartender and before that The New York Times called me a Graduate Already in the Drivers' Seat. My Sarah Lawrence senior project Half, which included portraits and interviews with biracial people from across the country, was nominated for a USA Today Outstanding Academic and Intellectual Endeavor Award.
The Boston Globe once described me as "post-feminist." A festival in Australia once introduced me as "America's hip hop poet." A former student recently called me an "inveterate poet." I do not identify as a post-feminist hip hop poet. I had to look up inveterate.
I am currently seeking additional writing and speaking opportunities. Reach out here.
I am based in Seattle. I am on Twitter and LinkedIn and I recently posted my first picture to Instagram and it is scandalous.