I am currently teaching Math to 9th and 10th graders. Since I work at an Arts high school I have managed to maintain some of my former life as I sub on music classes in the afternoon. I play the saxophone and play professionally for weddings, private events and at bars/restaurants.
Currently I'm trying to figure out how to still make time for Music while teaching Math full time. It's a work in progress :).
What I’m doing with my life
I try to enjoy life and make the most of it. I love seeing my students succeed, work hard and develop interest in topics that we work on in the classroom.
I have done some traveling in the past and I like to think about where I would like to travel to next. Just booked a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Should be great!
Enjoying Chicago, the arts scene, my Chicago sports (Cubs and Bears) and all of the great restaurants. I don't spend much time in my apartment. I like to be out and about.
I’m really good at
Not dropping my iPad, Telling stories (so I've been told), having patience with my students (they are great, but trying at times), Dropping plates (this contradicts not dropping my iPad), almost dropping things and catching them in mid air, never going to sleep on time, getting distracted by music.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a beard, I'm quiet in the mornings but pretty talkative later on.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've read a lot of non-fiction travel novels recently. Of those, I like Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler (co-founder of Lonely Planet), Canoeing the Congo and the Lost City of Z.
I seem to take listening to a Podcast over TV, but my tv shows tend to be travel oriented as well. Anthony Bourdain is one of my favorite travel shows. I also like the League on FX, Broad City is hilarious and Shameless is really good. Haven't had much time for movies recently, but you can never go wrong with a Focus Feature. Some of my favorites are City of God and The Constant Gardener.
My music tastes seem to constantly rotate. I play jazz, but the only jazz I've listened to recently is Esmeralda Spalding. I like R&B, Funk and soul. Really anything with groove and melody. Along those lines, I like D'Angelo, Mark Ronson, Jamie Lidell, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder.
The six things I could never do without
Saxophone, Music, teaching kids, alone time to contemplate, exercise and all of the good food that Chicago has to offer.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'm going to eat next, especially if I'm currently on a run or at the gym. My students. What it would be like if the Cubs finally won a World Series. How much I like or dislike the song playing in the Grocery store (this usually leads to me forgetting at least one essential item).
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing music somewhere, finding good music to see or meeting up at
a bar with friends. I rarely stay in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I semi-regularly watch Telenovelas on Telemundo in an effort to practice my Spanish skills. So far it's helped me learn phrases like "Estoy embarazada" (I'm pregnant) and "El no es mi hijo" (He is not my son). Ha, don't know how helpful this will be going forward.
You should message me if
you feel like it!