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March 1, 2019

[Reflection is a powerful tool in learning. Here are my observations and ideas after teaching a five-week unit on Black History]


[Preface: poetry]

Creativity creates possibilities

Identify ideas worth nurturing

And be unafraid to fail

Trust the voice within,

Because w...

February 3, 2019

My childhood could be summed up by one activity: playing basketball.  It was the thing to do. Within minutes of being off the bus, it was over to my neighbors where we played two-on-two until sundown.  

And this is where it started.  While balling with my brother,...

December 14, 2018


Today I turn 29. I remember starting Happy Friday as a fresh-faced teacher at the age of 23. It started with four people: my dad, my boss Carol, and my two “California moms” Julie and Jane.  With 300 people now on the bi-weekly email blast, I can say I’m happy I stuc...

November 23, 2018


“On the most basic level, the drive toward joy is the drive toward life.”

~ Ingrid Fettel Lee from her TED Talk How Can We Design More Joy Into Our Surroundings?

It was only two years ago that I found myself nestling into a tent in a backyard in Berkeley for fall...

October 12, 2018


               I remember sitting in the audience, watching the choir sing, wishing I was up there with them. That was the only thing I truly enjoyed while being in church: hearing all the instrumen...

September 14, 2018

There’s that old saying: if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Greetings from sunny Southern California. I am honored to be contributing to the “Happy Friday” community and sending good vibes from this coastal community. Brian and I have a bond of...

August 31, 2018

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow...

August 18, 2018

In Ethics from the New Millennium the Dalia Llama said,  “As I understand it, teachers who impart their knowledge to students is the most compassionate form of giving- especially when it is without any thought and it is grounded in genuine concern for others.”...

August 3, 2018

Instagram is like a personal museum exhibiting the best photos and videos of yourself, so --of course-- not one single post would be about you chilling in your house, spending what felt like five minutes but is really an hour mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, jum...

July 22, 2018

“As many as 50 percent of all teachers leave the profession within the first five years.”   ~ Richard Ingersoll   

Professor at the Univ. of Penn Graduate School of Education and expert in teacher turnover. 


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