I grew up in Los Angeles and came to the Bay to attend Cal. I never left. In terms of the diversity and love for culture, Oakland feels much like the home I left in southern California. It is the kids of Oakland that make me want to stay indefinitely.
The expressions on my students’ faces when they have mastered a skill and are able to teach it to somebody else.
I have been teaching high school English in Oakland (currently at Fremont High School) for the last 11 years, trying my best to foster generation after generation of poet revolutionaries. My role as a community member is to help students become civically engaged, digitally savvy, and comfortable as “Literatis”.
…our learning is public. This has had tremendous impact on our collective sense of accountability and the pride we take in our work.
I think that becoming a mom while in college changed the direction of my life path. I had every intention of one day being a photojournalist, but I had two lovely boys in my last two years at Cal and instead went into kids media. The professional experience I gained in technology coupled with the experience I gained with caring for children have both contributed to where I am with my teaching today. I am able to fold both my love for technology and my understanding of child development and teenage behavior into my practice.
I love the revolutionary spirit, the deep history of activism, and of course, the food. Hallelujah.
Don’t be afraid of success and high expectations. You are your own best support system.
What free time?
The desire to help create a more equitable society is huge for me. It is the fuel I need during all of the late-night lesson planning I do.
We would be the city and school district that put resourcing our students first above anything else. We would be the model for the rest of the nation for how to do that right when it comes to urban education. It would mean that every school becomes a full-service community school.