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My self-summary
I decided start all over again with this, so please forgive the mess while I put up some new answers.

I'm a Northern California native who spent five years in New York City going to grad school and teaching. I moved back to the East Bay a few years ago now and I have no regrets. You don't know how good you have it until you go away for a bit.

I really do like my job, but it takes a lot out of me, so my motto has always been: "Work efficiently and play leisurely." I'm going out on a limb to say that there are several weekend activities that I place above hiking forty miles uphill both ways. You are welcome to run ten miles on Saturday before 10 am, but I'll be in bed, reading and planning a dim sum run.

I've been lucky to get to travel, by myself and with friends and family (and even colleagues). This summer, a good friend and I are hitting Iceland, hard. Also, we are going to see some volcanoes and glaciers and stuff.
What I’m doing with my life
I taught both first and fourth grade for a number of years, but then was lucky to find my current position as a learning specialist. I mostly work with kiddos who struggle in school and get them back on track and enjoying learning again. On any given day, my oldest student could be reading The Scarlet Letter and my youngest student could be working on addition, so it's never boring.
I’m really good at
I have been told I'm a good dancer, but I mostly do that in my kitchen these days. I am also quite good at recommending books people actually end up reading and liking. But that doesn't mean I'm not open to recommendations.
The first things people usually notice about me
Sometimes, strangers tell me I have nice teeth. That's normal, right?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Right now, I mainly listen to NPR or Jungle (the musical collective) in my car. Sometimes at work, I'll let a student pick a song and we rock out as a break from the learnin'. I find something very comforting about listening to a baseball game on the radio; makes me think of growing up. Ditto for the PBS Newshour theme song.

Yes, food. All sorts. Mexican is a personal favorite. After living in New York, I vowed to never take California Mexican for granted again. I'm willing to go on record that New York bagels and challah are better, though.

Picking a favorite book is too hard, so I'll say that the last book(s) I really liked was The Last Policeman series. I used to read Charlotte's Web aloud to my first grade class every year and it was always a pleasure to revisit it.
The six things I could never do without
really nice sheets
tortillas with avocado and kosher salt
my glasses (and probably the only one that is a true necessity)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Education reform. Like the real stuff where kids get the services and support they need, not those useless tests.

I've seen almost every episode of The Wire and Treme, but I think a lot about why The Wire is the better show.
On a typical Friday night I am
You should message me if
You are kind and smart but don't take it all too seriously. Looking for a dare-to-be-great situation, but that usually starts with a beer-in-a-cool-bar situation. If you know what I mean.