Honored to be featured on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimist” website. I’m so thankful that my art and my teaching supplement each other the way that they do. Neither could wholly exist without the other, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Got the opportunity to meet and speak with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan along with other teachers from around the DMV regarding the intersection of policy and practice. It was a great discussion and was inspiring to be around so many phenomenal educators.
These kids changed people’s lives this weekend. It was the highlight of my year watching them showcase their stories. 4th best slam team in the DMV, and 1st place when it comes to being awesome. They are my heroes.
Come support my students this weekend as we join 19 other high schools across the DMV competing in the “Louder Than A Bomb” poetry festival. The kids have put in so much work and I couldn’t be more proud. They’re ready to represent Parkdale and change the way people think about the world. George Washington University, 801 22nd St, NW. Our first bout is at 2pm on Saturday. #ltab #parkdale #proudcoach #ifeellikeasoccerdad
As a teacher, everyday I see how the battles we fight in public health, education, housing, and poverty are so deeply connected. One of the biggest issues we face is food access. 26.5 million Americans live in food deserts, and those disproportionately exists in communities of color—the community in which I teach in. In DC, Wards 7 and 8, which have the District’s highest poverty rates, also have the city’s highest obesity rates. What my kids do or don’t eat affects how they are able to perform when they come to my class. Where grocery stores do or don’t decide to build affects the health of my students and their families. What places accept WIC and food stamps literally plays a role in determining the life expectancies of the people in those neighborhoods. As Ron Finley put it, in our communities, “drive thrus are killing more people than drive bys.” I wanted to write something that spoke to how pervasive this issue is, yet how little attention it receives. Check it out, pass it along, let’s let people know that this is a real problem.
Took my students on a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday after reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Hopeful that the opportunity to meet a survivor and gain a more in-depth sense of what happened makes them stronger advocates against injustice in their community and around the world.
Currently attending the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s conference on ‘Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers’ in La Jolla, CA. So many inspiring, innovative, and passionate teachers from all over the country. I was given the opportunity to perform today and it might have been the most fun I’ve had on stage. My two passions coming together in a way they haven’t before. Teacher poems + Room full of hundreds of educators = Best day ever.