34 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a true midwesterner, who loves finding a community wherever I am. I may have once written a birthday card from the neighborhood for the homeless man down the street because he told me it was his birthday. It was March 18th. I am going to check in with him again next year to prove I can be as trusting as I am...

I love running in Central Park (I'm a marathon survivor), scouting out ethnic restaurants and local coffee shops, traveling, (I took a year off during college to backpack around the world) live music, weekend morning movies (half price tickets...a mini miracle in NYC!), and Sunday roasts with friends. (and apparently including lots of parenthesis in my self-summary...)
What I’m doing with my life
I am currently working as an ELL Specialist at a founding elementary school in East Harlem, teaching and designing a program for English Language Learners. Before this, I taught middle schoolers through their beautifully awkward teenage years at a charter school in the South Bronx, while getting students excited about playing scrabble at lunch.
I’m really good at
laughing at myself, looking at the bright side of things and finding positive solutions to challenging situations. I also love being an ear whenever it is needed.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm always smiling :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite book of all time (well so far) is Jane Eyre.

I watch very little TV, but I have recently started watching and love Jon Oliver…! :)

Amelie, Motorcycle Diaries, The Princess Bride, Green Butchers and Elf stick out as all time favorites on the big screen.
The six things I could never do without
Family and friends, travel, laughter, heartfelt conversations, running, scrabble and a job that makes a difference. I guess that's eight! [extra credit?? (echo the kids...)]
I spend a lot of time thinking about
On a typical Friday night I am
out to dinner or relaxing at home with friends, out to see live music, at the movies, playing board games or spending time outdoors if the weather allows for it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once ate a fried cockroach in Thailand and hated it. But when I tried a silkworm, immediately following, I found it to be surprisingly delicious (maybe in comparison?) and we ordered a bag as our day hike's snack...
You should message me if
you are excited about life, always up for learning something new, love to laugh and are focused but don't take yourself too seriously.