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My self-summary
I get excited by... good examples of systems thinking, well-developed characters, hunks of non-flesh protein, reports from various United Nations funds and programmes, stories of collective action, bike-friendly roadways, trombones and optimists (caveat: optimists who share my values).

I'm empathetic and passionate, simultaneously knowledgable (because I have a great memory and love learning) and tuned out (because my job consumes a lot of time and brainspace). Probably my most significant character trait is my addiction to learning - recent dalliances include app-making, trying to memorize the Chicago grid, and figuring out how to build an underwater robot. Two of those three things I jumped into because I wanted to be able to bring them to my students - and what better way to teach someone to love learning than to be passionately curious yourself?

(Note: Because I am a teacher, many of my answers to the sexy questions are private. Message me if you really wanna know how I'd answer something.)
What I’m doing with my life
I am a recovering scientist / now science teacher in a charter school. Choosing to help kids understand their world was the best decision of my life, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the grind of teaching has adverse effects on my social life... as well as my ability to trust that inequality can be mended. And yes, I have very conflicted but nuanced views on working at a charter school, but that's an in-person conversation topic.

Mostly my hobbies have dwindled to biking, reading non-fiction, and trying to keep myself alive. The list of things I wish weren't my hobbies includes constantly refreshing Metafilter and xkcd and spending too much money on coffee.
I’m really good at
science, knowing a little about a lot of different things so I can relate to everyone about something they care about, not sweating the small stuff, making the best of a bad situation, creating pungent farts
The first things people usually notice about me
I wish I could say my dry wit, my desire to do right, or my broad base of knowledge on a multitude of subjects... but honestly it's probably that I wear a 34D.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Podcasts (these go first, because they really are my primary media influence): Backstory, RadioLab, Judge John Hodgman, Planet Money, Savage Lovecast, 99% Invisible, Alt. Latino, TED Talks Audio, Commonwealth Club, Seminars About Longterm Thinking

TV: Inside Amy Schumer, Mad Men, Louie, 30 Rock, The Wire, Daria, Broad City, The Comeback, Orange is the New Black, and Garfunkel and Oates. I also like watching John Oliver yell about stuff.

Movies: The Sessions, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Freeway, Let the Right One In, Safety Last!, Jackie Brown, Amelie, Nurse Betty, Ghost World, Raising Arizona, WALL-E, I'm Through With White Girls, Singin' in the Rain, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Incredibles, Drop Dead Gorgeous, O Brother Where Are Thou, Dear White People, A Serious Man, The Apartment, Slums of Beverly Hills, Night of the Hunter, The Act of Killing (though it seems inappropriate to list that here...)

Books: Intuition (Allegra Goodman) remains the fiction book that I feel I understand inside and out. Inga Muscio influenced me tremendously as a teenager and I will always love that, as did Dark Alliance by Gary Webb. Economix. The Influencing Machine.
Parasite Rex (Carl Zimmer), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot), Cruddy (Lynda Barry), Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond), Teaching With Love and Logic (Fay/Funk), El Eternauta (Hector Oesterfeld). Eric Schlosser is a great and accessible investigative journalist and I can't wait to read his book about the criminal justice system. Simon Rich makes me giggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates makes me feel.

Also, I read a LOT of graphic novels/comic books, since I think they are a great way to get students to learn history/fall in love with stories. The new Ms. Marvel? Awesome.

Music: I like nice melodies and good voices, but I also like horns and bongos.
Joe Cuba, Trombone Shorty, Devotchka, Odetta, Harry Nilsson, Kanye West, CocoRosie, The Blow, Ana Tijoux, The Mamas and the Papas, Leningrad, Of Montreal, The Coasters, Gogol Bordello, Os Mutantes, The Magnetic Fields, The Very Best, Violent Femmes, Jean Grae, James Brown, Lou Reed, Love is All, Zee Avi, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jens Lekman, Nellie McKay, Amanda Palmer
The six things I could never do without
Kind, thoughtful friends
Bikeable weather
Intellectual stimulation (aka good books/movies/TV)
About an hour of introvert time daily
A reasonable amount of routine
Stuff that can photosynthesize
I spend a lot of time thinking about

What are my responsibilities as a member of the global upper class

What will help each of my students to become better learners and more empathetic humans
On a typical Friday night I am
It varies. Friday is more of a recovery night for me, so I'd rather have friends over for a homemade pizza party, board games, and a movie (I have a projector!) than go out tearing it up. But if there is soul music somewhere, count me in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Seeing "Bring it On" inspired me to try high school cheerleading.
You should message me if
You wanna know someone who wouldn't think twice about getting wrist-deep in a box of earthworms. Extra bonus points if you live in West Town/Humboldt area, near my workplace and home.

You shouldn't message me if you messaged >25 other girls/boys today. You also shouldn't message me if you believe in either astrology (because we have enough evidence to draw a conclusion) or the existence of a fair meritocracy, or talk about your ex-girlfriends disrespectfully.