Waiting for Sheila E. to perform at the Beantown Jazz Festival! The sun is shinning today! ☀️

Waiting for Sheila E. to perform at the Beantown Jazz Festival! The sun is shinning today! ☀️

What a long & exhausting week!! So happy it’s the weekend! Look at the awesome “blueprint for student success” that one of my culinary vocational students made. So happy to have her creativity in my class this year!!

What a long & exhausting week!! So happy it’s the weekend! Look at the awesome “blueprint for student success” that one of my culinary vocational students made. So happy to have her creativity in my class this year!!

Things are finally starting to feel smooth at work. I’m happy that this year I actually have a bookshelf instead of crates and cardboard boxes!

Things are finally starting to feel smooth at work. I’m happy that this year I actually have a bookshelf instead of crates and cardboard boxes!

My students are important!

My students are important!

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Outside students protested for their right to have an organized schedule so they can learn in class and inside my students learned how to write business letters to the mayor and superintendent! Our students’ voices will be heard!!

Outside students protested for their right to have an organized schedule so they can learn in class and inside my students learned how to write business letters to the mayor and superintendent! Our students’ voices will be heard!!

Proud of MP students advocating for their education!

Proud of MP students advocating for their education!

On another note, I will never be able to express enough gratitude for Alan’s support and encouragement. I came home from work with this letter waiting for me. He’s simply the best. ❤️

On another note, I will never be able to express enough gratitude for Alan’s support and encouragement. I came home from work with this letter waiting for me. He’s simply the best. ❤️

Today my classroom seats remained empty on the first day of school. Not because we did not have eager students ready to learn and work towards their goals, but because the system that they trust with their education was unprepared to provide the structure and routine necessary to create a positive learning environment for our students. Our school and students possess so much potential, but students will lose hope and trust surrounded by  dysfunction and uncertainty. It is disheartening to witness the injustices my students face and the lack of respect my colleagues and I endure. Yet, we will continue to persevere so our students have access to the opportunities they deserve. Just like our students, we will need the strength and resiliency to overcome starting on day one. #firstdayofschool

Today my classroom seats remained empty on the first day of school. Not because we did not have eager students ready to learn and work towards their goals, but because the system that they trust with their education was unprepared to provide the structure and routine necessary to create a positive learning environment for our students. Our school and students possess so much potential, but students will lose hope and trust surrounded by dysfunction and uncertainty. It is disheartening to witness the injustices my students face and the lack of respect my colleagues and I endure. Yet, we will continue to persevere so our students have access to the opportunities they deserve. Just like our students, we will need the strength and resiliency to overcome starting on day one. #firstdayofschool

Really needed to read some poetry tonight and after flipping a few pages, I found exactly what I needed: “trust your work.” I’m just going to sleep with that one as I prepare for the academic year ahead of me.

Really needed to read some poetry tonight and after flipping a few pages, I found exactly what I needed: “trust your work.” I’m just going to sleep with that one as I prepare for the academic year ahead of me.

Saying goodbye to summer nights! I have to get back in the rhythm of my 10 o’clock bedtime! 💤

Saying goodbye to summer nights! I have to get back in the rhythm of my 10 o’clock bedtime! 💤

YOU MATTER

YOU MATTER

Shane’s smile in this picture still has me cracking up! I know our memories with him will continue to create smiles! Sometimes I feel so far away from friends and family here in Boston, but I’m so appreciative to have grown up in Hayward with some of the most genuine, fun, and down to earth people. Many of us are doing our own thing now, but I value staying connected via social networks to see what everyone is up to and how much we have all grown! Seems like a good time to say I miss you all!

Shane’s smile in this picture still has me cracking up! I know our memories with him will continue to create smiles! Sometimes I feel so far away from friends and family here in Boston, but I’m so appreciative to have grown up in Hayward with some of the most genuine, fun, and down to earth people. Many of us are doing our own thing now, but I value staying connected via social networks to see what everyone is up to and how much we have all grown! Seems like a good time to say I miss you all!

Literary themed brunch? Yes, please! The Great Gatsby Brunch!! 💛💛💛 (at Parla North End)

Literary themed brunch? Yes, please! The Great Gatsby Brunch!! 💛💛💛 (at Parla North End)

Alan steered a sailboat. ⛵️

Alan steered a sailboat. ⛵️