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: “Do you use the ‘R’ word?”

Originally posted on OperationHaveItAll:
We’ve all heard of the “n” word. Have you heard of the “r” word? “Retard.” “Retarded.” My skin crawls with each repetition, and the discomfort matches the ache in my heart. I’ve used the word. I recall it was one of the more popular retorts in elementary school.  “What are you,…

Women’s History Month 2012: Felicia Day

In my college years I played countless hours of World of Warcraft (WoW)…hours that I’ll never get back. Ever. But I digress… Because I wasn’t raised in the U.S. I never knew about the gamer-shame of 90’s era Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (i.e. Starcraft, Diablo, the infamous Everquest), but that didn’t matter. Within…

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…

Women’s History Month 2012: Sarah Haskins

I don’t watch television often. Quite frankly, I don’t have the time. When I do watch TV I’m usually catching the online version of the latest show, and they’re usually without commercials. When I started dating Krista she was really into watching programs on CurrentTV. Created by Al Gore back in 2005, I had never seen…

Taking Sundays Off

I thought I could keep up with writing every day. That’s hard. Looking at the trends it looks like reading everyday is hard too. Let’s do each other a solid and take Sunday off. I’m probably going to San Francisco today so there might be some photo action. If you haven’t read posts from this…

Women’s History Month 2012: Sheryl Sandberg

If you’re anything like me, you spend a considerable amount of time on Facebook. For a long time I didn’t give any real thought about the people who were helping to lead the social media behemoth. All I knew was that Mark Zuckerbergwas the CEO. I didn’t need to know anything else…right? In my head I…

Women’s History Month 2012: Mary Beth Fecteau

During (almost) all of my years at Wheaton College I had the opportunity to be a Resident Advisor. I got to lightly ‘supervise’ the residential setting of college students throughout the years. This time was not by any means ‘easy.’ There would be constant roommate spats, marijuana smells and raucous parties (some of which I…

Women’s History Month 2012: Audre Lorde

Every March we celebrate the history of over half the Earth’s population – their history, tenacity, and amazingness. Every March we celebrate Women’s History Month. This month I will write about 30 women who have shaped me into the person I am today, inspired me to never stop fighting for what’s right, and encouraged me to be…

Taking the Leap!

I was a smoker for most of my teenage life and well into my adult life. I remember my first cigarette like it just happened. I had just emigrated to the U.S. and was having a challenging time finding a group of friends to hang out. To be sure, I was in my awkward teenage…