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
I’m really good at
Rambling about public-private partnerships or education reform. I'm
also decent at improvised cooking. (Exhibit A: Sriracha mashed
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
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,
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
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.