TFA Summit DC Photo Dump

The LA Marathon weekend is here. Before I overloading this blog with photos from the Olympic Trials (I AM SO EXCITED), the expo, the MARATHON (charity half for me), and the post-party, I had to share photos from our recent trip to DC for the Teach For America 25 Year Anniversary Summit. I would have posted them earlier, but Brent and I got sick. Of course I got sick the week before a race. It’s kinda a new norm. Sore throat. Stuffy nose. Tired and achiness. Boston. NY. Now LA.

I met my Brent in TFA. Together we faced challenges of teaching middle school for the Los Angeles Unified School District. If we can handle starting a relationship as new teachers in urban schools, we can handle whatever challenges life brings us. 

We stayed with Alicia and Jarrod in Alexandria.

I got to take Colby to school on Friday! Was so weird dropping a kid off, rather than being on the receiving end.   

Miles and Colby. I love you SO much.

Nicole, our Talent Coordinator from Equitas, came to DC to spread the word!

Alaina, Ashley, Erica, Sindy, and Gabby. Please stay forever.

Easy morning run to the river.


Saturday morning soccer practice before the summit.   

Practice gave me flashbacks to first day of kindergarten. And why is there a kid in costume?

19,000 alumni!

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Stopped by Columbia’s Booth. Fun to say hi to staff members.

The ’06/’07 couple.
Maggie and I were buddies at KIPP DC. She’s now in San Fran. We ran many miles together in DC. I can’t wait to go visit her school up north. I love her! 

Hey Chinatown.

Yup. Keep them in the classroom. 
True dat. I remember once telling my roommate Grace “I’d rather run a marathon ever single day for the rest of my life than go teach.” When you’re a new teacher in a challenging urban setting, it’s just SO hard. I don’t miss the panic attacks. The loss of appetite. The anxiety. The crying. Woah, it was rough. Colby calls the Wii Party Showtime.   

Clarifying question, did you backwards plan your unit to make sure it aligns to the SBAC so that you can reflect on the data and make instructional adjustments ensuring truly transformational significant gains so that one day all students have access to high quality education?

Fartleking on a Sunday. 8 X 30 seconds picking up the pace. FullSizeRender (88).jpg

I need to be better about taking photos with Mama, Papa, Alicia and Jarrod. It was so nice spending time with them last weekend.

And HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal for City of Hope! We’re at nearly $700. Thank you! You can still donate here.Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.18.00 PM.png


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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