Good question, that!
I am a middle-aged suburban educator. I work in a great city in the midwest with some of the most outstanding humans that exist between the ages of 14 and 18. My subject area is humanities-based, and my course load is varied. I have a strong love for and background in live theatre, with experiences on stage, back stage, and in the house. I recently completed my MA (though the Uni is slow as molasses with finalizing it!) and, in doing so, I discovered a love for rhetorical criticism. I briefly pondered a PhD, but then I realized that I am in the home stretch of a career I love, and it would be painfully stupid to walk away from a sure thing in favor of question marks. Ah, adulthood.
I am irrationally in love with - in no particular order - my dog, Doctor Who, Hamilton, ice cream, YA fiction, art that can surprise me, the ocean, travel, coffee, fall spices, colors that remind me of outer space, good chocolate, completing projects, and the idea of Aaron Tveit.
Things that keep me up at night include the fact that there is no room for “fruit of the poisonous tree”-style doctrine in Presidential politics, what movie to watch next, how to teach anti-racism and keep my job so I can teach it again, the conflation of “nationalist” with “patriotic,” ill-equipped leadership for public education, knowing that I need to walk away from supporting the NFL because they won’t address concussions in a real way or support the free speech rights of their players, how long it will take us to dig out from Trump, and the fact that I still really want that PhD.
I am a lover of life and a sufferer of depression and a traveler unsure of the path.
This is who I am. I like me. And I hope you’ll hang around and engage.