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. I wear whatever I want to the grocery store.
This year I am teamed up with 29 fellow disruptive thinkers from 11 different countries around the world as a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. I am also currently serving my third year as a Washington State Teacher Leader while I continue to practice being brave alsongside my middle school Humanities students.
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 my TED-Ed Innovation Project ROLL CALL and seeking additional writing and speaking opportunities. Reach out here.
I am based in Seattle. I am on Twitter and LinkedIn and last summer I posted my first picture to Instagram and it is scandalous.