December 11, 2020

I tested positive for COVID this morning. I had a rapid test on Monday that came back negative. I took the PCR test on Monday and the results came back negative on Wednesday. I woke up feeling a little stuffy this morning, but thought it was due to the cooler temperatures. To be safe, I … Continue reading December 11, 2020

November 9, 2020

A new social media account has been created for “Parkland Speaks” on both Instagram & Twitter using the handle @parklandspeaks. It was important to do this to share the messages and images that the book contains. With so many acts of gun violence occurring daily around the country, these stories need to be told today … Continue reading November 9, 2020

October 17, 2020

I’ve never colored my hair, or even thought about it. Growing up, my mom constantly told me how gorgeous my hair was and that “women kill to have your color”. This was always said with her very heavy New York accent. When I got my hair cut a few weeks ago, Lo (who is a … Continue reading October 17, 2020

September 4, 2020

I have now been teaching virtually for two and a half weeks. There are parts I like, but far more parts I dislike. I like being able to stay home, be with Ruby (our dog), spend time with my children and not have to feel compelled to go anywhere. As much of an extrovert as … Continue reading September 4, 2020

August 19, 2020

Today is the first day of school. I’m starting my 19th year of teaching, my son starts high school and my daughter starts middle school. The district decided to begin virtually, so I have opted to teach from home. I figured I’d be slightly more productive at home with the dog and two kids, as … Continue reading August 19, 2020

July 11, 2020

It’s so interesting how two people can see the same situation completely differently. I reached out to two former students recently. They both basically said the same thing: they’ve chosen to distance themselves from me. They have negative feelings about me from their time with me in high school (none of which was ever shared … Continue reading July 11, 2020

June 23, 2020

The episode I recorded for Teachers in America was released today. It was recorded in late January – long before we realized what COVID-19 would bring. I’m very open and honest. I talk about being a teacher, being a mom, living through a school shooting, mental health, advising a publication, as well as writing/editing “Parkland … Continue reading June 23, 2020

June 1, 2020

I am very angry. I am angry for America. Today marks a week since the murder of George Floyd. The autopsy came out today showing that he didn’t have any pre-existing conditions, and that he died from asphyxiation, as a direct result of the officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes. … Continue reading June 1, 2020

May 4-10, 2020

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. A week where I give gifts to my kids’ teachers. I usually get some gifts, but high schoolers don’t participate as much as younger kids. I always appreciate what I receive, and am happy that my students think enough of me to get me something. This year was very … Continue reading May 4-10, 2020