• Some Things Should Be Unchanging

    “Embrace change”. That’s what I’ve been told time and time again. If I don’t,  I won’t make it very far in today’s world. Last week I spent time assisting a new friend with some decluttering. While I was helping sort through stuff from toys to even seasonings, I was constantly faced with memories of my childhood. I smiled each time because those memories of my childhood included my mother. As much as I try decluttering my life, 3/11 is the anniversary of my mother passing and I keep “stuff” around including old habits and practices because I enjoy being reminded of her. Although I don’t visit regularly anymore following the…

  • Why it’s essential to teach muticultural education

    I am so excited about teaching global this year. For the past 3 years I’ve taught U.S. and have been limited to the curriulum because it’s a regents class. I am sitting here on my couch attempting to write a grocery list, when this article caught my eye. “I used to be a Neo-Nazi” I questioned. I assumed there was no changing those people. As I read his story there was one thing that was really disturbing to me, they could be my colleague or neighbor. A point that the former neo-nazi made during the interview for Flipboard’s article is that his generation avoided mainstream media and only interacted with…

  • Who Will Protect Me Then?

    As I walked up the step to Union Square Park, I immediately thought I was in the wrong place. I scanned the crowd and couldn’t find anyone who looked like me. I had decided to head downtown to participate in the Vigil for those who suffered during the incident in Charlottesville Virginia just a few hours before. I continued to walk past the crowd pretending like I was walking through the park to get to the other street when I noticed a poster that read “white supremacy is terrorism”, I stopped and joined the crowd as the bowed their heads in prayer. I guess I wasn‘t the only person who…

  • Keep Talking to the Brick Wall

    Last night I received an unexpected phone call from one of the young women I mentor. It was my mini me. I had placed my phone on the charger in the back room so that I could focus on finishing my paper in another room. I needed to ask a classmate a question on the assignment so I went to get my phone. As I picked it up, I noticed a missed call from her. At the end of the school year, she refused to speak to me looking right through me as I walked through the hallway and greeted her one afternoon. She was upset, she felt betrayed by…

  • Education Is Our Most Powerful Weapon

    Attending John Jay to enter the field of Law Enforcement was my plan B. I had completed my undergrad as a dual major and didn’t see the purpose in going back to school for education. It was summer 2010, I was writing a paper on Stop & Frisk for my Policy Analysis course and as I sat in the library reviewing the statistics on the impact of this policy in my borough, I paused for a second. I thought to myself who the hell would create such a policy. As I researched further, I realized that this policy was around for some time but wasn’t identified as “Stop & Frisk”.…