Final Week in NYC

It’s the final countdown! Here’s what I’ve been up to. Back to running next week!

  1. Team Crossroads
  2. Masters Thesis DONE
  3. Checking our blood pressure before class
  4. Dinner in Riverside Park
  5. Columbia Library
  6. Columbia Campus
  7. George Washington Bridge
  8. Columbia Market Day!
  9. Double Windsor Burger after Saturday Class
  10. Double Windsor Mac & Cheese
  11. Post-Class Salmon Dinner
  12. Greens from Meredith’s Garden 

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Here’s what’s left to do in NY:

Friday- Class from 8:00 AM -1:30 PMFinal Presentation Dressed Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Saturday- Thesis Presentations 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Think of me at 3:50!)

Sunday- Completion Ceremony 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Fly Out 5:00 PM

Next Week-KIPP School Summit in Houston

August 1st,  Back to LA!

Adios California

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Hello from 30,000 feet up in the air. I splurged on internet to get a bunch of reading and work done, and am currently taking a quick brain break. Yesterday I finished my Mizuno Baton Challenge, and although I loved the experience, I am excited to cut down on mileage. I have NEVER run 85 miles in a week. I didn’t even think it was possible. It’s amazing how long runs just fly by when you’re taking it easy with friends. It’s also crazy how much mileage you can squeeze in when you get creative (two milers during half time of a world cup match and running to the beach and back while Alaina showered at our place post Back on My Feet). For my final run I went from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach and ran into Joanna along the path! Joanna taught at KIPP for four years, and is moving to Florida next week. We’ve always bonded over our love of running, and at school are known to be the crazy runners. It was very appropriate to say goodbye on a run. Joanna, what is your secret to those super toned arms!?

lg_369BDB7E-5056-A015-DABC916DEBF9AFBB10298665_10152603748867932_3922848568326888017_nLast night we went to our FAVORITE KIPP event MOKA, the Museum of KIPP Art. Our incredible art teacher, Karen, showcased KAO’s best work at the silent auction. (Karen, I stole some of your pictures) The event was hosted at CityScape with a view of downtown. It was the perfect way to spend my final evening in Los Angeles.

Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie




I spent my final morning in LA with a nice run along the beach in Playa with Brianna. Brent and I had lunch together before he took me to the airport. I won’t see him until he comes to NY for the 4th of July 😦 I’m gonna miss the Brentster! OK, I better get back to work . I’m looking forward to updating you on my adventures in New York!

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My hot husband



Year Seven. Done.

I love the moment on the first day of summer school when our new fifth graders nervously enter the school building, waiting anxiously to be welcomed to the new academic year. Nothing beats looking out at our 100 beautiful new KIPP students who are embarking on an incredibly journey. As I look at the faces of our future leaders I wonder what motivates them, what challenges we’ll encounter together, and what stories we’ll share at the end of the year.  At the fifth grade campus we have the responsibility of initiating our KIPP students, providing them with the academic tools and character traits necessary to compete for spots in top-tier universities. Our fifth grade class consistently begins the school year averaging a second grade level in reading and math, often bringing an apathetic attitude towards learning. We are challenged with the task of inspiring them to show grit, never make excuses and celebrate growth so that they can pursue their passions and dreams, and make a positive impact on the world. I started teaching on my 22nd birthday at Gage Middle School in Huntington Park, and today marks the end of my seventh year in education (and my first year as an administrator). It has definitely not always been all fun and games, but I can’t imagine working in any other field.


My First Day of School in 2007

Anti-Bullying Pledge Day, Girls on the Run and more!

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Check out my awesome water balloon toss face!

We celebrated our last day of school with a beautiful end of year culmination ceremony. The inspirational Dr. Corliss Bennett-McBride, Director of The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California was our keynote speaker, encouraging our KIPPsters to dream big and never give up. Thank you to all the teachers and parents for helping organize such a beautiful event!


Last Day of School (Randy's Donuts is a last day tradition)

Last Day of School (Randy’s Donuts is a last day tradition)


Ok so it wouldn’t be a Restless Runner post without SOME mention of running. And yes, there was a little running that happened today. I ran five miles using the Mizuno Baton to benefit Back on My Feet. Essentially you have seven days to log as many miles as you can using the app, and for every mile you run, Mizuno donates a dollar to Back on My Feet. I timed this perfectly to end on the day I leave for NY. So basically I’ll be running LOTS of miles before I head out for NY for the summer. How many miles do you think I can squeeze into seven days!? Shout out to Alaina for gifting me this AWESOME Richard Simmons shirt. And yes, we did work out with Richard Simmons. Alaina, let’s go do that again. Richard rocks. Maybe we can initiate our new teachers with the Slimmons class?

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