Baby in a Box

Our vibrant daughter is now 6 months old and will turn 7 months on the 23rd of March. It’s incredible how much she is growing, learning, exploring. She is able to sit up with assistance, but she is quite bored of uninterrupted play on her stomach or back. She can’t crawl yet, so she gets…More

The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother’s service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol ‘s work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a…More

Honoring My Daughter

Today was a very special day. My almost seven month old daughter laughed for me for the very first time. It was around 8pm and she was a little over tired. Her daddy was holding her (she has laughed for him many times) and I bent down to pick something off the ground. As I…More

Beyond Kindness

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind. Does being kind mean we let things go, or let others “walk all over” us? Does being kind mean we don’t speak out against racist remarks, or stay silent when we recognize oppressive systems at work in our communities, neighborhoods, places of work and homes?…More

8 Books to Inspire Authentic Teaching

Hey Educators & Friends! I haven’t written a post about teaching in awhile because I’ve been totally immersed in full time parenting. It’s been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a month…More

My Students, My Heart

This evening my husband, daughter, and I were enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Our waiter ended up being a student I used to teach when I first arrived in the village of Placencia four years ago. I spent my student teaching & teaching career traveling around to so many different schools and…More

Children’s Books That Inspire Kids to Seek Peace & Justice for All

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children’s books. Authors aren’t afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children’s books are becoming more accessible…More

6 Ways to Engage Yourself & Your Infant

We’ve almost made it to the five month mark and the difference between our daughter’s abilities at three months compared to now is remarkable! She is holding her head up, babbling, smiling, and engaged in the world….truly ready to explore! The first few months of parenthood we enjoyed taking our daughter out in her ergo…More

5 Ways to Use Board Books With Your 5 Month Old

From powerful and vibrant illustrations, tackling tough subjects through storytelling, imagination building, inspirational tales, embracing unique and different, there are SO many ways to use a good children’s book. When friends and family asked what they could purchase for us for our soon-to-be-born I usually replied with “Books!” When we were in the states we…More

The Tiniest Teacher

We found out we were pregnant in January. After months of trying, the news came as a surprise. We knew our home and lifestyle in Placencia, Belize as a childless couple would certainly be turned upside down. We expected this. But because of our adventurous nature and my educational background, I thought some of the…More