25 San Francisco, CA
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My self-summary
I'm currently a 7th grade Writing teacher in Harlem, but I'm leaving the classroom in July to work at an edtech startup in San Francisco. Before I start, I'll be backpacking through Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Oslo. Exploring always.
What I’m doing with my life
Striving to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
Consistently losing (and searching for) my damn keys.
Planning a trip from Moscow to Beijing on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
I’m really good at
Rambling about public-private partnerships or education reform. I'm also decent at improvised cooking. (Exhibit A: Sriracha mashed potatoes)
The first things people usually notice about me
My exceedingly goofy smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Disgrace, Moments of Being, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Education of Henry Adams, The God of Small Things, Midnight's Children, The Line of Beauty, Paradise Lost.

Music: Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Radiohead, Owen Pallett, Beach House, Justice, Grouplove, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Crystal Castles, Childish Gambino, Wildcat! Wildcat!

Food: Humboldt Fog chevre, Dinosaur kale, Sriracha, diver scallops, polenta, adobo, asparagus, chocolate stout, Brussels sprouts, Spanish chorizo, Bulgogi, macaroni and cheese, avocado, cilantro
The six things I could never do without
I'm a product of my environment: The Economist, the feeling of sand between my toes, Nike running shoes, interesting company, Stumptown coffee, and political discourse around the dinner table.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Public space and architecture fascinate me. But, I spend most of my time trying to unravel social problems: education, youth unemployment, and financial services for the poor.
On a typical Friday night I am
Unwinding over a pint of local beer (most likely a stout or an IPA).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My attempts at becoming a vegetarian have all lasted less than 72 hours. These failures either speak volumes about my (lack of) self control or my dependence on meat.
You should message me if
I pique your curiosity and you will tolerate my culinary experiments. I'm a hot mess in the kitchen.