say it right.

You’ve probably already seen this video but if you haven’t, watch. Now that we’re working with the same information – I have a serious problem with how much of a spectacle folks have made of this guy. And it’s for a really simple reason – he mispronounced a word.

Diwali ki shubh kamna.

I am not Hindu. Well, not by any traditional definitions really. Then why am I writing about Divali? One of the reasons I’m most thankful for growing up on a tiny and heavily multicultural island (Trinidad & Tobago) is that my society exposed me to almost every type of ‘difference’ there was. This exposure wasn’t superficial…

Women’s History Month 2012: Michelle Rhee

I never thought I would work in education. Ever. Throughout high school and college I had some of the most positive educators in my life but I didn’t give the idea much thought. I was way too enthralled by the realm of Public Health, more importantly, sexual health. In my eyes, there was no cause…

Women’s History Month 2012: Norma Rodriguez

This is a blog post I wrote back in November 2010 that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the…

Women’s History Month 2012: Norma Rodriguez

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement…

Women’s History Month 2012: Beach Pace

When I decided to commit to City Year San José/Silicon Valley I had no knowledge of the people on the ground. I didn’t really care. In my mind I was giving up a year of my life to work in an underserved community and then getting out. Period. I had no idea that it would be…

Lessons from the Idealist’s Journey

I have recently embarked on my third year serving with a fantastic organization that has been steadily gaining traction over the past 22 years: City Year. I think back to 2 years ago with an ever-impending deadline approaching (college graduation) and not having the most clear idea regarding what I wanted to do with my…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Helping Our Students (Re)write Their Stories

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement gap….

Selling College

While writing a ‘Going to College’ enrichment lesson plan I thought my lead-in was iron-clad: What do you want to be when you grow up? My intention (however naïve) was to elicit student responses that would allow me to begin making the case for college as a necessity to meet career goals. The first student…