Occupation: I am a 5th grade teacher at a public school. It's often challenging, sometimes grueling, and always meaningful. I often work late, yet still wonder if I'll ever catch up. Former newsy (reporter, writer, editor) and I like using words creatively. It irks me when people replace words with letters or numbers. I think spelling matters.
Education: I see learning as a lifelong adventure and college is not a means to an end. Having said that, I've collected way too many college credit hours.
Random stuff: I've been known to go on madcap adventures, like train hopping, hitchhiking,and toiling on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. I'm a Navy veteran and lived in Scotland for a year. I like sports, but mainly follow baseball. I only go to a couple of Sox games per year, so don't be scared. I'm pretty good at Cash Cab. I love club dancing, but am not into the scene. I'm agnostic, and think science is endlessly fascinating, but am open to conversations about spirituality and the after-life. I will make you laugh. I have fair skin and blue eyes, yet my parents and grandparents were all stone Mexican. I have a soft heart, but little patience for litterbugs, drivers who stop beyond the white lines, and apathy in general. I'm good with kids, partly because I'm a kid at heart. I like superhero movies, Star Wars, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. It used to be Christmas, but that has become anti-climactic since my family became so spread apart. I have a cat with eyes like cracked jade. I love biking and I take mass transit on a regular basis. I have an affinity for music and furniture from the '60s and '70s. I like taking long walks. I've recently gotten into ice skating. I have decided to give another shot at learning guitar. I have a gym membership. I'm a left-winger and am left-handed. I practice random acts of kindness.