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.
In addition to teaching Humanities I am also serving my second year as a Washington State Teacher Leader with the Puget Sound Educational Service District. We're instigating conversations about racism in schools, spreading the word about student-led classrooms, and connecting teachers because we believe that innovative classrooms will change the world. I am psyched to be a part of this team.
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 working on a new project on multiracial identity and I want to talk to you about your unexpected adventures and take your picture. I am also 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.