Jessica Butler (La Presidenta) was tiny force of nature in Thespians. Taking notice of our drama club in middle school, she made an instant decision: she would lead the troupe in her senior year. Challenge accepted. In this episode, we discuss mentorship, embracing your ability in the face of imposter syndrome, and learning how to "figure it out."
In my desire to practice more writing this summer, I took the opportunity to take notice of my surroundings in a quiet moment and create a little piece of prose.
Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 2
I've always felt that teaching is much more than the content in which you specialize. Arts educators have the superpower of connecting to kids in ways that they will remember forever. Take a look at this week's episode of my new video podcast, "Changed for the Better: the Power of Arts in Education" to watch my inspiring conversation with Emily Dowd, class of 2015.
A snapshot of a moment in the life of a teacher. Maybe it’s the overcast, rainy day. Maybe it’s the work schedule that is revving up as I move into the last 2 weeks of production in our school’s spring musical. Or the fact that we are mid-March with nary a day off in sight.… Continue reading I’m tired
Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 1
I've always felt that teaching is much more than the content in which you specialize. Arts educators have the superpower of connecting to kids in ways that they will remember forever. Take a look at my new video podcast, Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, to see how my connections have thrived from their experience in my classroom.
Weight-Loss part 4: Can You Give Up Tracking?
One of the strategies I used, fairly religiously, when I was in the weight-loss zone was tracking my food. It had become a daily habit which kept me honest and accountable. There was rarely a day or a meal that didn't get logged. Though laborious, I got so used to the process that it became like brushing my teeth or putting deodorant on; it was just something I did every day. Until now.
Geriatric Gymnastics 5
How do we build the courage to do hard things? Do we see ourselves as competent and able to tackle the challenges? In this chapter of Geriatric Gymnastics, I discuss how gaining personal experience and developing a strong support system puts us on an upward trajectory for molding the best version of ourselves.
Weight-Loss part 3: The Saga of the Last Week of the Year
How quickly the pounds creep up when you stop paying closer attention. Read about how I navigated the temptation of the last week of the year.
Education’s worst nightmare
Once again, we are back to remote education. This time, it's not COVID.
Smile – COVID Hasn’t Won
For the first time in over a year and a half, I dropped my daughter off at her theatre camp program in Nyack and went for a long walk. For years, this was a regular practice of mine; drop her off, park in my special secret free parking spot, and either start walking or take… Continue reading Smile – COVID Hasn’t Won
What I’ve Learned From Podcasting
Taking a look at the creative process of podcasting and developing content about mindful meditation.
When I was a teenager, change was the greatest source of anxiety for me. The burning feeling of fear housed in my solar plexus sat there, unchallenged. It was silent, and sadly, par for the course in my everyday life. Luckily, that feeling didn’t stop me from trying new things or taking on new ventures,… Continue reading Navigating Change
In February, 2021, I reached out to the good people at Erika's Lighthouse, a website whose mission is "promoting inclusive school cultures through mental health education." It is a topic that is close to my heart. I had done a series of lessons with my students on developing a more mindful approach to their thought processes and I wanted to share my experience with a broader audience. What better way to do that than a website geared towards educating students and their families about mental health?