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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 several other places, both in and out of education.

In my spare time, I 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

These days, I’m writing a bit about my Poser Homestead. Visit for some recipes and lost “grandma” skills. 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. Really. I’m not teaching anymore but I’m still passionate about all things affecting teachers: budgets, happiness, and quality of life. And, anything  that brings students joy. I have a “sometimes” Substack: No Broke Teachers Here  and by request: The No Spend Challenge.

My original blog is at Café