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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, worked in insurance, restaurants, retail, taught martial arts, worked 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 pubilc 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 Clubhouse, Twitter or Instagram.

These days, I’m writing a little about the simple life on my Poser Homestead Substack and Poser Homestead site. Visit for some recipes and lost “grandma” skills.

For Teachers:  Stop spending your paycheck on your job. Really. I’m not teaching anymore but I’m still passionate about this issue. Sign up for No Broke Teachers Here  substack and take The No Spend Challenge (it’s “pay what you want–including totally free–you’ll give your self a 10% raise, guaranteed!)

My original blog is at Café