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I have two dogs, eleven chickens, and one goal: to grow my own dinner and Instagram it. If I were a pioneer, I’d be dead.

I’ve taught high school, worked in insurance, restaurants, retail, taught martial arts, alphabetized Russian composers at a famous music library, run the art department at day camp, and supersized fries.

I failed out of music school, fired myself from my own company, and ended up at a Silicon Valley startup by accident, asking, “Startup what?”

I’ve done my share of public speaking, and written for or been featured in EdTech Digest, Edutopia, EdSurge, US News and World Report Money,  EdTech Review India, ConversationEd, TeachThought, NPR, Edweek, Quartz, and more, both in and out of education.

These days, I work in tech and drink a lot of coffee. 

My books: A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success: How to Build Your Dreams on Teacher Pay, Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform, Tiny T-Rex Tries to Annoy Mom, and Paronella Park, (co-authored with legendary cartoonist Sarah Steenland).   


You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn

Writing Projects:  I’m writing about my Poser Homestead. Visit the blog for ad-free recipes you don’t have to scroll to find and some lost “grandma” skills. Maybe soon I’ll finish the book. All the stuff you used to mock me for–mason jars, food rescuing… it’s here.

For Teachers:  Stop spending your paycheck on your job.  I’m not teaching anymore but I’m still passionate about things affecting teachers: budgets, happiness, and quality of life. I take calls on this–either a “You got this!” inspiration talk, or longer term consulting with educators, leaders, and schools.